Tell Galveston ISD Board Not to Destroy the History of the Track at Courville Stadium.

Tell Galveston ISD Board Not to Destroy the History of the Track at Courville Stadium.

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July 1, 2022
Signatures: 722Next Goal: 1,000
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Started by Dawna Valentine

With your support, we will declare victory as we work together to get additional signatures for our petition. As a Galvestonian, it was your vote that put Proposition E into place. We encourage everyone to sign our petition! Presently, Galveston ISD has a bond over twenty-four million dollars to renovate Kermit Courville Stadium. Bond E is to be used to tear down the current stadium and rebuild a new stadium at the same location. The name of the stadium will still be Kermit Courville. We thank my mother, Mrs. Sharon Barriere for being present at a crucial GISD Board meeting to ensure the stadium bears the name of Kermit Courville. Mrs. Sharon Barriere laid this foundation and we must not allow her diligent work to be in vain. However, the current plan is not to rebuild the track in the stadium and only have the stadium designated for soccer and football. A lot of history has been destroyed on Galveston Island. With your support, we not only preserve the history of the community, but we will have the opportunity to preserve the history of track and field that has produced a legacy of champions. The sport of track and field includes Central High School est. in 1885 and prior to the integration era in 1968. Central High School also produced a legacy of champions; it's the only high school in Galveston to ever achieve an accolade of a State championship in football as early as 1946. Yet, Central High School is now obsolete; it's now a middle school. So, instead of having two public high schools on Galveston Island there is only one, Ball High School est. in 1884.

Together, we can cease more history in the community being destroyed by letting the board of trustees and the superintendent know they must change their current plan by rebuilding a track at Courville stadium. Rebuild an eight  lane 5 star mondo track with white stripes. An eight lane track was promised over half a century. This was something Coach Kermit Courville fought for during his tenure at Ball High School. This is information that was shared with me by Coach Kermit Courville's daughter, Kim. It saddens me that a better track wasn't built until his demise on earth, yet it  wasn't an eight lane track. Everyone has the opportunity to work together to make certain what Coach Kermit Courville fought for becomes a reality.  We all have a vested interest in the outcome of the stadium that shall include an eight lane track as specified above.  We, as track and field alumni have individuals that either attended or ran track at Ball High School and became coaches themselves like Mary Alice Castillo, Janice Alexander, Eddie Terry, Bonita Smith and Sherman Elias. They also have a vested interest in the outcome of the stadium. Together, we can make things better for the community and the new generation!

Let's not forget Title IX, this federal law was implemented in 1972. This federal law wasn’t enforced until 1974, the year when Ball High School's first girls track and field team was formed. Track and field is the only sport at Ball High to achieve accolades not only at the State level, but also at the National level, All American level and an overseas Olympian, Elder Elona Stinson-Herron. History was made again as this Olympian was one of the track and field members of Ball High School's first track and field team consisting of thirty-one (31) females who ran on the same cinder track as the guys. This is why history shall remain by keeping a track at the stadium along with including our very own designated area for track and field alumni notability. 

We, as track and field alumni, are elated to come back to Courville Stadium to reunite during our reunions. This stadium is where we trained diligently to set and or break track and field records. We will have another Track and Field Reunion on October 7, 2022, at Kermit Courville Stadium from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This petition will also allow track and field alumni to have many more reunions at Courville Stadium. Attending our reunions brings back nostalgia of how we, as track and field alumni, found it was more important for us to immediately start our stringent workout than to worry about the distance of walking from Ball High North all the way to the stadium. It will be an honor to finally see our future generation being able to host University Interscholastic League - UIL Track and Field meets, District and Regional meets, Special Olympics held at Courville stadium once the track is rebuilt to include eight lane track. In addition, being able to witness hosting the Senior Games in our historic stadium on Galveston Island, as there are track and field alumni currently running in the Senior Games. All of these track meets will generate substantial revenue for GISD and for the City of Galveston.

We, the Track and Field Reunion Committee, consisting of Dawna Valentine, Lorna Francis, Elder Elona Stinson-Herron, Dianthia Lemons and Apostle Leonard Lewis thank you for your support in this endeavor!

 
 
 
 
 

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