Letter: Student athletes in Freeport deserve better

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I am a student at Freeport High School and on the track team. I am writing to show support for the track and field project. Freeport has always done well in running events like track or cross country. It’s a shame that we don’t have the facilities required to nurture and build this natural talent.

Instead, we find ourselves running through the streets to train, or we pay to transport kids to other tracks. The current state of our field is dismal, especially after it rains. The turf would solve these problems. As a varsity soccer player, I would be very happy to play on this field and earlier in the season. Other schools have an advantage because of their facilities.

I need to mention my brother, Frank, who is 13. He has been running for two years. Since we have no track, he has to practice in our backyard, on the street or in towns more than a half hour away. He has broken three state records and was the New England champion in the 100, 200 and long jump. Frank has natural potential to do amazing things, yet he does not have the means to support these dreams. We need to focus on supporting our athletes with the tools they need to succeed.

After raising over $2 million, we have come too far to lose this wonderful opportunity. The longer we wait the more costly this project will become. I implore you to support this for current and future generations.

Benjamin Morang