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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 23, 2008

Letter: Praise for CYO sports programs

Dear Editor,

This year, I am an eighth grade "graduate" of CYO in Pleasanton, and I would like to share my thoughts and experience. The Pleasanton CYO program has had a very positive impact on my life. I have been doing CYO every year since I was in third grade. I have participated in CYO track and field and basketball. All of the coaches and parents have made me feel I belong and encourage me so much.

I have learned so much from CYO, things like sportsmanship, the rules of the game, how to be a friend on and off the court, and to believe in myself. This program has given me so much confidence and really gave me an interest in sports. I now play basketball competitively with AAU and am still doing track. I also play volleyball, softball, and soccer.

Although next year I will be too old for CYO, I plan to come back and help coach with my mom, who does track, and my dad, who does basketball. CYO has given me so much and now I want to do my best to give kids in the CYO program what I had when I was their age.

I'd like to say thank you to all of the coaches, volunteers and organizers of CYO Pleasanton for a great program.

Fiona Lamont 8th Grade, Pleasanton Middle School

Comments

Posted by Richard, a resident of Dublin
on May 29, 2008 at 3:01 am

Dear Fiona,

It was a great pleasure to read your article in the Pleasanton Weekly. I got a lot from sports when I was your age including hockey and football. We played something called rounders which is a bit like your baseball or softball. It is good that you have got so much from participating in sports, not just better fitness and athletic skills, although they are very important too. I am very glad to read that you will be returning to teach some of the younger children in the coming years. Keep it up! regards, Richard, Dublin (Ireland).