To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank all parents and children that joined, watched or cringed as I have paraded up and down the sidelines each football season. It started in 2008 when Ryan Kelly started playing in Gilford as a Silver Hawk. For four years the folks of Gilford took Ryan and his friends in as if he was their own and shared with him the aspects of the game, how to be a good winner and a good loser, and these Gilford coaches and families lets us in to be a part of their family for three months out of the next four years. Thank you.
Then we came back to Meredith as Ryan entered ninth grade and he was going to play for the IL/MA Lakers. What a transition, the big league, and still I was able to "do my thing" on the sidelines to encourage not only Ryan Kelly but his friends as well — Zach, Justin, Collin, Anthony, Andrew, Nick, and the list goes on.
See, I love these kids. I am loud, so they know I am there. I am loud because sometimes they need loud. I am loud because I never want Ryan Kelly to think he is alone. This Saturday, Ryan Kelly, Zach, Justin, Collin, Andrew and the rest of these boys are going to play the big game at UNH. I ask for your help. I ask you to join them at UNH. I ask, if you can, that you help to support our Lakes Region team as they move to win against a strong Stevens' team. I ask that you let these boys know you are with them this week.
If you have a business and your business has a sign, change your sign to let these boys know you are with them, please. As I move through this week, the last week that I will be running sidelines as a proud dad of a great IL/MA team football player and student of Inter-Lakes High School, I once again say, Thank You to all who have been with me and more importantly with Ryan Kelly in his quest for a championship. GO LAKERS.
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