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Parent responds to Walker's column

Dear Editor,

My son is a senior athlete at Thomson High School. He did not get signed on signing day, nor did any other senior at Thomson High. But please don't take that to mean Thomson High doesn't have great athletes. And I don't think it means our players lack character, academic prowess and athleticism either.

My son has earned various recognitions throughout his school career, including high school and middle school. He has been recognized throughout the CSRA and received numerous awards, while maintaining good grades. Currently, his GPA is 89.9.

My child has a big heart and loves the game of football. He is a talented young man that has the talent, wisdom, heart, and courage to play at the next level.

Why didn't he get signed? I don't know, but I know it is not because he didn't get encouragement from his parents. I am a single parent, and I know I have done a great job at raising my son to become a great young man. I personally sent highlight videos to many colleges to get my son's name out there and to get him recognized. I didn't ask any coaches for help because I felt like I needed to take a stand on my own to try to help my child get a scholarship. My son has also contacted coaches on his own behalf.

So it's not like we haven't tried.

I know the local coaches have tried to help my son also, but I think college coaches would like to also hear from high school coaches. Sending highlight videos is good, but a phone call wouldn't hurt. In fact, it just might help.

So, a young person cannot get on the signing list by himself. It takes him, the coaches, and supporters from the community.

This is not just about my child. There are a lot of seniors at Thomson High with quality character, academics and athleticism who did not sign a scholarship on signing day. I would like to wish the "Class of 2007" the best of luck. May each of your dreams come true!

Socknee Cummings, Thomson

Web posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007

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