7/19/2014 2:04:00 PM Letter: Players must pay their own way
The Mingus Marauder football team (along with many other schools) attends a working camp each year in California. The majority of time at this camp is spent in long and intense practices. These players are up and practicing before many people have even made it to their morning coffee. They also practice late into the evening.
There are team-building exercises following practice in the evenings in which the players can have fun along with build the bond that is so important to any team.
There are lessons taught and much learned about camaraderie, respect and integrity. For their hard work, and believe me they do work hard, they are able to have a few hours at the beach and a day at an amusement park.
Yes, all of this costs money. And no, the school does not pay for it. Each player must pay their own way. They work, raise money, ask family and friends to donate via tax credits, and some get scholarships that are provided by the booster club, not the school.
I appreciate the financial stewardship of our community members. It has never been as important as right now. However, this camp is not funded by Mingus Union High school and each player and family member who raises the money so they may attend such a great experience deserves acknowledgement for their dedication.