Letters to the Editor
Published 1:20 am Monday, April 7, 2008
Atmore’s All-Star Basketball needs monetary assistance
My name is Willie C. Knight, I am a lieutenant with the Alabama Department of Corrections at Fountain Correctional Center and have over 20 years experience with the ADOC. I have been coaching an All-Star Basketball team here in Atmore for the past six years. Assisting me in this endeavor is Mr. Herbert Blackmon, who has spent 30 years coaching at J. F. Shields High School in Beatrice. The All-Stars consist of two teams, 11 and 12 year olds and 13 and 14 year olds, with players from all over Escambia County. We are scheduled to play games this summer and attend the Alabama Sports Festival June 20-22 in Birmingham.
We are soliciting donations from area businesses and private organizations to cover some of our expenses such as; uniforms, equipment, entrance fees and travel expenses.
In my years of coaching I have seen the positive impact the game has had on my players. Pre-teen and teens engaged in an activity such as this are in a structured environment and not left to their own devices or out in their communities bored and susceptible to trouble. Some of these children come from families who are not financially able to pay the above mentioned expenses and it is my belief that "no child should be left behind" because of the family's financial status. I truly believe in this program and that all children deserve a chance or I would not volunteer my time, effort and money, nor would I be asking for your assistance.
I appreciate your time and attention to this matter. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me at 251-368-1287 or 251-253-0204
Donations can be made to:
All Stars Basketball C/O Willie C. Knight 107 Gray Street, Atmore AL, 36502
Thank you for your contribution.
Advance prints ‘hard news’
I would like to commend the editorial staff of The Atmore Advance for their coverage to print some “hard news.” Their relentless pursuit of the “secret” hiring process of the County school board is welcomed. For a long time there had not been enough “sunshine” on public meeting; county and municipal; which the public has, by law, “the right to know.”