A Team Helping a Town Heal

BY TYLER KIEFFER

There is a story that is not getting enough attention in sports right now: Newtown High School Football. Everyone knows of the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in that small Connecticut town nearly one year ago.

At the beginning of the season, the team decided to dedicate the year to the 26 people that lost their lives in that tragedy. Now the team is giving the town something to rally around. The team just ended the regular season at 12-0 and is now heading to the playoffs.

This team is helping the town heal from what has happened to them in the past. These young men are giving the town joy that they have not had in a long time.

Yet the one question could be asked is this: Why isn’t this getting more coverage? One could say that there are bigger stories that are happening right now that are more main stream and deserve the coverage. But I believe that this story is far from finished. There is still more to be written about this team and their story.

The team is ranked number one in the state, and if they make it to the title game the date will be very important: December 14. The one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. I hope that this team is able to make it to that game. It will give the town something to celebrate on that particular day.

If they make it to the game that is when I see this story taking off nationally. We should not wait until then, we should celebrate their accomplishments that they have already achieved. I hope that I speak for everyone when I say this: We are all pulling for you and Good Luck!

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The Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project is a hub for teaching, research, and service related to sport media. The Project benefits students and faculty at Bowling Green State University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student-athletes. Through collaborative efforts of the Sport Management program and the School of Media and Communication, BGSU students have the opportunity to learn such skills as sports writing, reporting, broadcasting, announcing, public relations, media relations, communication management and production. Faculty and other scholars have access to resources about the commercial and sociological aspects of sport.

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