There are many misconceptions about activities in our schools. One that I have heard people comment about is the belief that schools or school personnel benefit financially from hosting post-season events. In the majority of cases, schools are fortunate to financially break even when hosting these events. The events themselves add a great deal of work, organization and time to accomplish.
So why do it? Why do our Activities Director(s), as well as some of our coaches, volunteer to take all of this on with no additional compensation? Every year when I ask if we applied to KSHSAA to host these events, I am told without hesitation, “Yes, it’s good for the kids and good for the community.”
When we host these events, our student athletes get the advantage of competing on their home court or field. They don’t have the distraction of traveling to strange surroundings. Our fans also don’t have to travel. Some of our businesses experience a benefit from more costumers being in our communities on these days.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, Sabetha High School will be hosting the Sub-State Volleyball Tournament and the Regional Cross Country Meet. The sub-state volleyball tournament involves seven other teams and fans from the northeast Kansas area. Regional Cross Country will bring teams and fans from 15 other schools to Sabetha. Some of them travel up to two hours to participate. Our school is fortunate to have the cooperation of the Sabetha Golf Club in order to host regional cross country at that location. We also are fortunate to have the many volunteers necessary to host these events.
In the world we live in today, everybody seems to be asking, “What’s in it for me?” It is refreshing to know that we have role models in our schools who show that they are willing to go the extra mile because, “It’s good for kids and the community.”