Empty stands

Dennis Clayton

Dennis Clayton


by Dennis Clayton
One of the most disheartening things I saw this past week was the near empty stands across the field on the visitors’ side during the football game on Friday. I have zoomed in to count heads and I see around 30 people sitting in the stands. That is depressing. It is inexcusable.
I realize that times are hard for some, but the lack of support for the opponent on Friday was tough to swallow. If there is one thing our young people need today from parents and the older generation, it is attention and support. I applaud those who did come down to cheer on their team, thank goodness they made a showing, but how do these players feel when they look up into the stands and see only aluminum shining back at them?
I am thankful and also a bit prideful to call Union County my home for my entire 55 years on this earth. I am also thankful and proud of our fans, families, and friends that come out to the prep sporting venues to support our teams. Union County people always have and hopefully always will support their young people. It may be church activities and programs, sports, beauty revues or pageants, band competitions, awards programs or graduation ceremonies, to name a few, but our locals do show support. No matter the occasion, our folks come out in support of our area youth.
I would guess that at this phase in their life, many of our young people would probably not say much about it, but it does make a difference when they know they have people cheering them on. It’s not cool to thank the parents for their dedication and sacrifice to make the games at this stage in life perhaps. One day however, most will look back and will appreciate what mom and dad did to follow them and their athletic careers. It may not occur until they have children of their own and begin a journey of their own, but it will come.
It may not be my place to do this, but I just want to thank every person that cares enough for our area youth, that they regularly come out and show their support. It doesn’t matter what the sport or activity, it doesn’t matter what the record is, please keep coming because the players need you and the coaches need you too.
My performer of the week recognition goes to all our area youth that participated in #MSGlowingforChrist whether it was at Monday’s rally at the courthouse or in the carrying of the cross. Thank you for your stand for Christ and your willing participation in this state-wide event that will canvass our 82 counties in 82 days. The Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes is actively involved in this endeavor. It was a blessing to see our Union County youth involved in this powerful witness.
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About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.