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Letter: Community, children are better off with Kiwanis Park

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Currently, our DeKalb School District 428 board and a developer are considering trading the soccer fields by Fairview Drive for land closer to DeKalb High School.

Do we really need to develop this land at the expense of depriving children the right to play and compete?

It doesn’t require much to play soccer. A ball, something that resembles a pair of goals and a place to play. We currently have the most important part of that equation – a place to play.

This facility is being used by local teams and Northern Illinois University soccer camps. These camps bring children from all over the Midwest to learn and improve their skills.

The children benefit, NIU will benefit, jobs created for instructors and transportation workers will benefit, and also DeKalb businesses will benefit.

Local restaurants currently benefit from games scheduled with out-of-town teams competing against local teams.

What do we learn from sports? The children learn dedication and sacrifice. The only weather that will stop a soccer game is a thunderstorm. Kids will play in the heat or cold, wet or dry.

They learn it feels good to win and bad to lose, and they accept that. They learn how to be a member of a team and create friendships that last lifetimes. They learn that the best team doesn’t always win. They learn to accept and appreciate skills exhibited by other players.

When the game is over, both teams will form a line and congratulate each other and thank the referees for officiating.

Children start this learning process at a very young age, and many will continue until they graduate from high school or college.

They are involved in a sport that requires dedication and discipline that develop their minds and bodies. It instills in them a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Let’s not deprive our youth. Keep the facility as is.

George Burtzos

DeKalb

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