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Sports prepare you for life

I want to thank Don Groubert, an OHSAA track official, for his inspiring words (in the April 24 edition) to the seniors and other classes who lost out on their spring sports this year.

His words plus the letter from his high school track coach from 42 years ago was so inspirational and uplifting. I have been involved in athletics either playing and coaching for over 35 years, and found it highly motivational. Focus on what you can control.

We are all called upon to make sacrifices for various teams in our lives. It could be family, co-workers, employers, or the community at large.

Regardless of losing out of your spring season, you are going to be successful — because you put in all the time, all the effort, all the hard work. You know it’s going to pay off for you in life. Do your best, and don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

Sports prepare you for difficulties in life. As Don says, “Don’t let this be the end. Let it be the beginning of the next phase.” Time to give back, and pay it forward. Sports has taught you how to respond to adversity.

Thank you, Don, for those timeless words of wisdom. All of us will benefit from them.

— Bob Shilling, Salem

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