Niagara Gazette — interests to fund that of their kids, or the children may have to go out and mow some lawns or get a job.
They might all have to get together and creatively put together some fundraising endeavors and events.
My default example for this is always the Royalton-Hartland Sports Boosters Club. Faced with the total
elimination of football a few years back, those great souls brought it back, fully-funded by their efforts.
They found that those who can’t give couldn’t, but those who could, would give in spades. They made
it work in a small community with a very limited business base. With equal efforts in similar and larger
districts, other schools could easily fund their sports by benevolence and not by force.
So, while impending cuts – which have been a long time coming - may seem depressing and daunting
to young athletes and their parents, other families suffer the same financing issues with their interests
and they seem to adjust accordingly and admirably…and it’s likely they savor their hobbies more for
the investments they make in them. That’s the premise that America was founded on – happiness was
meant to be pursued, not given to us, and we (both young and old) are better off for that pursuit.Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. Email him at email@example.com.