LET LONGWOOD SOCCER PLAY!!
LET LONGWOOD SOCCER PLAY!!
Dear Dr. Lonergan, Assistant Superintendendts and Longwood CSD Board members,
I am writing you as one of many concerned parents. My children are involved in the Intramural Soccer League provided by LYSA and the Longwood Soccer Club. I am aware that the Commissioner of the Longwood Soccer Club, Jim Bustamante spoke at a recent BOE meeting to provide important information regarding the program and the Health and Safety guidelines that have been put in place, in hopes that the Longwood Central School District would finally reach a decision to allow Longwood Soccer to use their fields, as they have for many years. The school board was then scheduled to vote on the matter at their meeting held on Thursday, October 1st, at which they postponed the vote.
Myself, along with hundreds of children and parents, are greatly disheartened by the decision to postpone. We have been actively and excitedly involved in practices held at another location, that we were granted temporary access to, throughout the month of September. I can assure you that the Coaches and Staff of Longwood Soccer are taking all necessary precautions and following all the guidelines, set forth by the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer. As a responsible parent, coach and active volunteer, I am comfortable with all of the actions I have seen and remain confident that this season can safely continue, however we need a safe and proper space to do so.
It has become apparent that our children, now, more than ever, need to stay active and fit, physically, mentally and emotionally, as well as have an outlet to socialize and have fun. This is essential for their mental health and continued growth. The Longwood Soccer Club has been providing these children important life tools, in a safe, responsible and controlled environment, however Intramural activities have been suspended due to the lack of appropriate space. I am also aware that youth sports programs have been and are being successfully conducted in many of our surrounding communities, which proves they most certainly can be allowed to continue safely. (Youth soccer and baseball clubs have been practicing and playing since July 6th, with several local tournaments also being held)
I sincerely hope that the LCSD Administration and Board of Education understands how truly important this program is, not only to our children, but to the School District and the entire Longwood community. The LYSA organization and LCSD need to maintain a strong partnership, to continue to provide all of the great benefits that our community has depended on for many years. The Longwood Soccer Club, as well as many of the other sports and activities conducted through the LYSA program, not only are an excellent, affordable resource to our community, these clubs also award thousands of dollars in scholarships to seniors, each and every year. In addition, since the LYSA programs are available at such a young age, these clubs provide experienced athletes and participants for school sports teams and clubs, as soon as they become of eligible age. These programs are critical to healthy early childhood development and to the overall success of our scholastic programs, but they need a proper facility in which to thrive.
I ask and implore you to come to a reasonable and timely agreement, allowing field use for the children and dedicated volunteers, to continue providing this vital program. A favorable decision benefits us all!
Let's bring the excitement and smiles back to the hundreds of young athletes, parents and volunteers!! Let's stay Longwood Strong!! Let them play!!!