September 15, 2010 This community has a penchant for conjuring up common sense solutions to difficult problems. Darci Breslin's idea to create the Key Players Athletic Fund is just the latest example of that.
Like so many other school activities, sports programs have been affected by funding cuts. As a result, 'Pay to Play' fees have been on the rise and teams have had to go without new uniforms or equipment. Fortunately, athletic booster groups and parent volunteers work hard on fundraisers to fill in the gaps. Now that parents are struggling to meet their family's basic needs, it's understandable that they put activities like sports on the back burner. Whether they're star athletes or not, participating in sports is often a bright spot in youngster's lives and helps them develop skills they'll utilize throughout life, as Breslin can attest to.
Strategy, that she likely learned on the playing field, helped Breslin develop a good 'game plan.'She recognized a need, reflected on her own experiences and took the initiative to find a remedy with lasting benefits.
Teaming up with an organization that's always generous when it comes to youth—the Four County Community Foundation—should make for a winning combination.
Any local effort at making athletics more accessible also contributes to the nationwide campaign to get kids off the couch and into a pair of running shoes, or soccer cleats or ice skates.