Letter: The impossible became the possible for middle school sports in East Providence

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To the editor,

With the 2012-2013 school year and the Spring season of sports coming to an end, we would like to pay tribute to the coaches that volunteered their time and experiences to make it possible for our middle school athletes not only to learn the skills to play, but also to learn the many life lessons associated with playing these sports. To Coach Jim Russo, Coach Shane Messier, Coach Katie Kenahan and Coach Steve Chechrallah and their assistants…Project 106 thanks you!Layout 1

Putting together America’s favorite past time came quick and unexpected. Both organizations along with the middle school principals and the school administration had only a few days to make a decision to go through with the baseball/softball season. Despite all the upward battles and paperwork headaches, the group came to a unanimous decision to give these kids the opportunity to play.

The East Providence Middle Schools Athletics Booster Club and Project 106 would like to jointly recognize our middle school student athletes. These athletes did the very best under very different circumstances. Their hard work and determination paid off. Three out of the four teams made it to the playoffs this season. Not only that, many parents have shared with us the positive difference in both behavior and academics that they have seen with their own children and with the school spirit in general over the past few months.

Baseball and Softball at both Riverside and Martin Middle Schools were solely financed this year by the combined efforts of Project 106 and the EPMSABC. The costs to finance these sports differs among sport and season. I want to make it clear that we will do our best to provide the most sports we can at this time. However, to repeat this success, we need your help. Middle School sports are not part of the school department budget and at this time there is no indication that we will be having them return anytime soon.

So, in repeating myself at this time, East Providence School Department does not have middle school sports. Therefore, we as a community the ones that march on city hall, need to come back together and help our children know that we still believe in this cause. The cause to bring back sports to our middle school athletes. Please write to our elected officials to let them know that we need sports back in our middle schools. Also, continue to support these organizations with monetary donations, volunteering or attending one of our fundraising events.

Continuing to offer sports in the fall/winter will require the support of the community, whether through direct financial support or volunteering your time. A volunteer is committed to a vision that originates within… and then evolves into action. Look within your hearts to find the energy to finish the fight, believe in the impossible and become a champion. Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.

Please stay connected with Project 106 via our facebook page or our website www.project106.org. We will be listing our upcoming fundraisers and fall sports news via these two pages. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Visit us our booth at East Providence Heritage Fest July 19-21.

Jessica Beauchaine

Project 106

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