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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 05, 2009 7:20 AM

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Field House fees will have unintended consequences

Charging user fees at the Field House will have such detrimental effects on the community it serves. With the ongoing struggle to find healthy outlets for our young people, I fear the consequences of such a decision would be harmful in so many ways.

As a mother of a young son living in a surrounding rural community, the availability of the Field House was such a positive experience for him in his formative years. Not only did it provide him the opportunity to develop his basketball skills, it provided him the opportunity to get better, develop leadership skills, and establish a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie. I can only imagine the behavior that might be exhibited if this outlet is not available to so many young people.

At the Field House, my son was surrounded with people of all ages who had a passion for basketball.

The environment provided him positive role models to emulate. He commented on many occasions how much playing basketball there meant to him. Growing up in a rural community, it exposed him to a variety of people he would not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. He learned so much about getting along with other people of different ethnicities, sex, nationalities, and cultures.

I would encourage the administrators of the university community to recognize this valuable asset to the community. The rewards that are reaped from providing a community service sometimes go unnoticed. I assure you, my son’s success as a Division I basketball player can be directly attributed to those he met and played with while playing basketball at the Field House.

Please do not destroy the positive community-building environment that this provides to the Iowa City area and surrounding communities.

Cindy Morrison
Solon resident


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