November 4, 2010 11:01:00 AM
I read Michael B. Dulaney''s letter in Wednesday''s paper about Victory Christian Academy''s football team with some disappointment and have to question the timing here on the eve of the championship game. I wonder if this is meant to discourage a group of young men who have worked hard to achieve this goal for themselves and their team.
I have witnessed the VCA football team for years working to reach the potential they have displayed for the past three seasons. They have earned this through hard work, teamwork, continued improvement, dedicated volunteer coaches and loyal fan support. I''m sure the same is to be said of other teams in the conference.
To the Victory players: I''ve seen your two-a-day practices, your athletic lifestyle changes and many other sacrifices to achieve your goals. I appreciate seeing those seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshman step up to fill needed roles and motivate your team. This will be an even bigger challenge next year.
A huge thanks to the volunteer coaches who work tirelessly and un-selfishly to lead, teach, and motivate these young men to be better than they think possible.
Thank you so much to the cheerleaders, parents, and dozens of volunteers that make this team successful and then some.
I would like to encourage the Victory Christian Eagles to hold your heads up proud, continue your quest for the championship, don''t be discouraged by the negative crowd, and honor God with the continued hard-charging positive Christian attitude your coaches have instilled in you.
As for anyone who doesn''t believe the Eagles or the Warriors have earned the right to be in the championship I challenge you to make the trip to Tuscaloosa Friday night and see these two fine football teams fight for the top spot.
You''re welcome to join me up and down the side lines but you better be motivated and yell loud; otherwise stay home!