To the editor:
Though you went to bed with the bitter taste of disappointment in your mouths on Nov. 15, and though these words are unlikely to provide much comfort in the immediate term, you all should know how much you brought to this community during this fall sports season. Although you failed to reach your ultimate goal, in the long run you accomplished so much more.
The journey that you have been on since your sixth-grade year has been watched and admired by all. You moved us all with your dedication to your lost brother, Tyler Genneken.
In today’s world of spoiled and egocentric athletes, you stood apart. You proved to yourselves and to the community that winning, while certainly the objective, isn’t everything. To paraphrase a quote that was often spoken when sportsmanship and character meant something, “When the one great scorer comes to write against your name, he writes not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game.”
You played the game as men, real men. You galvanized a community, you healed some broken hearts, you restored belief that today’s young athletes can actually care for something bigger than themselves and, along the way, played some pretty exciting football.
Wherever you go and whatever you do in the coming years, never forget what you accomplished this year. While the ultimate trophy might have slipped from your grasp, in the long run there is no finer team in Indiana high school football than the 2013-14 Center Grove Trojans.
Congratulations young men. I am proud to say that I am a fan.
Christopher P. Brown