News Kudos

Idaho Press Tribune 6 Sep 2002 - Page 8a

Our views

Optimists get our kudos for investing in community

SUMMARY: Our thanks and praise go out to the Nampa Optimist Club -- and all those who donated to the project -- for making the new Optimist Football Park in north Nampa a reality.

Talk about field of dreams.

Or in the case of the new Optimist Football Park in north Nampa, make that "fields." The park, which was dedicated Wednesday night, features seven.

That means the Optimist Club of Nampa was able to expand its longtime football program, which sponsors competitive play for children ages 7 to 12.

And the kids have responded in force. Nearly 400 players and more than 100 cheerleaders have signed up for league play on Saturdays through October.

The park, located behind Birch Elementary School, is a collaborative effort of the Optimists, Nampa Parks and Recreation and the North Nampa Urban Renewal District.

And numerous donors and volunteers -- including the 125 members of the community who have enlisted in the league's coaching ranks.

The project is a shining example of how much can be accomplished when a community dares to dream big and then joins forces to make that dream a reality.

Of course, the real winners are the kids who will have a chance to learn many of life's most important lessons through competitive sports. We believe the experience will help them make the most of their growing-up years and become productive citizens who give back to their community -- like those who built this park.

So thanks to the Optimists for tackling this project and to all those whose generous donations made it possible. Our community will reap the rewards of this investment in our youth for decades to come.

No punts here. All first downs.

-- Our view is based on the majority opinions of the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board. Members of the board are James T. Barnes Jr., publisher; Vickie Holbrook, managing editor; David Woolsey, assistant managing editor; Jay E. Vail, opinion editor; Drew Munro, news editor; and community representatives Harry Smith, Machele R. Hamilton, Louard Crumbaugh, Bill Montgomery and Shauna Stallings of Nampa; and Kevin Spainhower of Caldwell.

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