A good event for a good cause.
That can describe many Mid-Ohio Valley sports events, from the numerous fundraising charity golf tournaments to more high-profile events highlighting local athletes.
This Friday, at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center at Parkersburg South High School, the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Classic will take place. It will feature a basketball doubleheader pitting the area's best high school senior players from West Virginia against their Ohio counterparts.
It's a great concept in that it allows the top local seniors one final chance to showcase their talents before moving on to college.
For some of those seniors, it may well be the last time they play organized basketball or hear the cheers of the crowd.
It's a chance for fans to say thank you to those whose talents they have enjoyed watching during their high school careers.
Even better, the event raises money for a disease that afflicts children.
Every cause needs an event like the BACF All-Star Classic.
The annual Dave Couch Tournament To Benefit ALS donates its proceeds to fight that horrible affliction. The Sour Mash Memorial raises money for several different community causes, as well as providing college scholarships to local golfers.
The Kids Classic is a major fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg. The SW Resources Golf Classic raises money for its namesake.
The list goes on. What each event has in common is that a number of local people donate their time and their talents for a worthy cause. Each deserves as much support as we can provide.
We stand over a 1-foot putt knowing all we have to do is tap the ball into the hole -then we somehow miss.
That's what happened to I.K. Kim on Sunday and it cost her a major championship.
Kim needed to make just a 1-foot putt to win the Kraft Nabisco title. But she somehow pulled the shot and wound up in a playoff, which she promptly lost.
It is one of those moments when you feel sorry for the person involved.
That would allow Parcels to say he has been the head coach of every team in the league whose name begins with New. He already has been the head coach of the New England Patriots, New York Giants and New York Jets.
For that matter, he's also been the head coach of every NFL team whose name begins with Dallas.
By the way, his God-given first name is Duane.
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