To the editor,
Spring is in the air. Kids are looking forward to getting outside and running around. Spring sign-ups are starting all over the city including our two middle schools. Although middle school sports options are few, Project 106 and The East Providence Middle School Athletics Booster Club are thrilled to be able to offer baseball and softball at both middle schools.
Several coaches approached the organizations offering to volunteer their time to make these two spring sports come to life for our kids. They came ready with a plan of action to hit the ground running and the two fundraising groups came together and were ready with their checkbooks. Unfortunately, all sports we are used to seeing at the middle schools are not going to be available right away. There is a shortfall in resources and volunteers. The road back to full middle school sports offerings is going to be a long one but the two fundraising groups are up for the challenge.
The Project 106 and EPMSABC have limited resources so it was first come, first served. The legal issues were hammered out at a meeting on March 13 between the coaches, principals and the superintendent. Transportation details are still in flux at this time but a full plan will be revealed to parents shortly.
It is important to note that these are not school sanctioned sports but are being handled like club sports as they are being privately funded by Project 106 and the Booster Club. The Budget Commission took funding out of the budget for middle school sports a year ago.
With support from the community and more volunteers, there will hopefully be a full complement of sports offered for each season next year. Townies can accomplish any goal we set our hearts and minds to.middle school sports will make a comeback. It may not be in the fashion we were accustomed to but we will not let our kids down. Get involved, stay informed and help support our kids.
Editor’s note: Ms. Beauchaine is a member of the Project 106 group.