Niagara Gazette


October 16, 2012

CONFER: Cut school sports - for philosophical reasons


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

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