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December 8, 2008 - Michael Palmer
Sometimes as a coach for high school sports, one is called upon to go above and beyond the normal duties, one such case was the Harrison Central football banquet.
Sources have revealed that due to circumstances that we do not need to be specific about, Coach Justin Kropka took it upon himself to supply the food for the annual football awards banquet. The coach's wife and mother labored many long hours to feed the large crowd of players, coaches and cheerleaders.
While I am sure there were many other volunteers that helped out with the feed that the coach would much rather get the credit, this is an excellent opportunity to point out the type of person that makes a good high school coach. I have had the opportunity to work with the Huskies head football coach over his four years at the helm of the program, and coach Kropka is just that type of coach, the one that has a special relationship with his players.
The actions taken to make sure his seniors, that have played for him for the past four seasons had a banquet to honor their achievements, was both an unselfish tribute to them and a demonstration of the can-do spirit that the coach has brought to the program.
A former player for the Huskies (who wishes to remain anonymous) stated that, "He (Coach Kropka) made every one of us feel special. He’s a loyal, generous person and players don’t forget that,” he said.
While this instance of a coach being more than just a sports tutor is significant, it is just one of the many such unselfish acts that our local high school coaches perform each day, unseen and without any need for recognition.
These adults, who for little financial reimbursement, coach our young athletes and teach them lessons that go beyond sports, deserve our thanks. So - Thank You - to all of the coaches, from biddy ball to high school, for all that you do.
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