I would like to comment on the recent issues of alleged discrimination in our local schools. My three children (two girls and one boy) attended Chico High School from 1998 to 2006 and during that time participated on some 36 different teams, from freshman to varsity level, including cross country, soccer, football, basketball, field hockey, baseball, and track and field.
During this time and in all of these different venues I saw absolutely no evidence of any sexual or racial discrimination by any of the coaches or staff affiliated with the teams. When our boy/girl twins played basketball at the same time, practice times were carefully planned to ensure equal time in the one and only gym.
What I did observe during this period were many dedicated, hard-working coaches who devoted countless hours of their time and sacrificed time away from their own families in order to fulfill their coaching duties.
I can relate to how difficult it is to watch your own child sit out while others take the court or field to play ahead of them. Most of us have been in that position at one time or another. Looking back I realize that sitting out can be a life lesson in itself.
Let”s allow the coaches and athletic directors to do their jobs without the added stress from disgruntled parents. There are plenty of opportunities for all of our kids (at least for now) and the coaches are only doing what they believe is best.
—?Don Camy, Chico