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Generosity in Sports

July 29, 2013 - Seth Staskey
Too many times in today's culture, we're left talking about the negative things that go on in the world. It's extremely satisfying when you hear about the good things that area youth are taking part in. Buckeye Local's boys basketball team and several other Panthers' students have been spending parts of their summer working at different charitable organizations throughout the school district. First-year head coach Greg Haberfield has stressed to his players that there is certainly more to life than basketball and sports. Learning to give back at an early age is a trait that these youngsters will utilize, hopefully, for their entire lives. It's not often that kids are willing to just give of themselves, which is unfortunate. One of the most interesting parts of talking to Haberfield last week was how he plans on making this a yearly routine for his team and also hopes to continue to stress the importance of giving back throughout the school year. Two Ohio Valley Pinto League baseball teams -- Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville -- plays a charity game Monday night at Fodor Field in Martins Ferry. The proceeds of the game went to the Women's Tri-County Help Center. We totally commend the coaches of these teams because you're dealing with 6 and 7 year old kids who are extremely impressionable. These kids are going to at least get a taste of what giving back is all about. Again, that's a life-long skill that kids will benefit from for many years -- or even for the rest of their lives. Regardless of the age, it's never too late or too early to learn about helping your neighbor or fellow man. There's still plenty of room in today's society -- and media -- for those who do right. Kudos to Buckeye Local and the Pinto League All-Star teams of Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville.


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