Letter: Baseball is funded by parents, sponsors

In response to Jay Smith’s May 17 letter “It’s a sad day for public schools”: Jay Smith should find out more about school financing. The school district is not “paying for elementary baseball.”

I reread the May 9 story (“C.R. fifth-graders sign up for a difficult mission: Saving Spanish”) and it says he was at baseball practice. Most 5th graders play on community-sponsored teams run by the YMCA or city recreation departments with community businesses sponsoring teams. A few play on a travel team supported by parent fees, sponsors and fundraisers. Having had several grandchildren (boys and girls) play on these teams I have attended many games and tournaments. None were financed by any school money.

In the metro area I am not aware of any schools sponsoring 7th grade teams for baseball or softball. Eighth-graders are eligible to play on high school teams. The end of the article pointed out that Ben Drzycimski couldn’t find any other area he would cut instead.

Bill Ashby


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