L-R: Joe Anderson (Track and Field), Robyn Vanderwest (Soccer), Taryn Preston (Track and Field & Softball), Kyler Hall (Golf), Alyssa Larson (Softball), Kyler Larson (Baseball), Kaila Krueger (Softball), and Mikayla Loew (Softball)
Anyway you look at it, spring sport athletes in 2020 were handed a raw deal. Four days into practices, schools across the nation were closed due to COVID-19 and were not reopened, canceling spring sports. It was extremely disappointing for student-athletes who had been training for the season and were not given the chance to display their hard work on field, on the track, and/or on the course. The Kent City Sports Boosters, as always, recognized this disappointment and went to work in an effort to let our student-athletes know that we feel their pain and are here for them.
That is why the Kent City Sports Boosters purchased and distributed medals from the MHSAA for all of our spring sport athletes since they did not have the opportunity to compete for one with their teams. In a letter that accompanied the medal, the sports boosters wrote, “We understand that this medal does not replace the lost season but will serve as a reminder of what was lost and is a small token of our appreciation for your representation of the Kent City Eagles!”
It was very likely that many of our students would have earned a district or regional medal (0r both) during the spring, if the season were to be held. Kent City’s spring sports teams were primed to be successful once again following the 2019 season that saw the Eagles capture two conference championships, a district championship, and a team state qualification. Kent City Sports Boosters President Jerri Coates commented, “The Sports Boosters recognize what a challenging spring everyone had to overcome. We wanted to recognize all Varsity athletes that ssed out on the 2020 Spring season due to the COVID- 19 crisis,” Coates said. “Our hearts go out to the student athletes who were looking forward to their spring season and had it stolen from them by the circumstances.
Coates went on to say, “We exist to support the student athletes and want them to know that we understand their frustration and acknowledge their loss.” This generosity and thoughtfulness should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Kent City Athletics and the Kent City Sports Boosters — they are always doing what is best to enhance the experience of educational athletics at Kent City Community Schools!