Letter to the Editor

 

I am writing to you as a long time Holmdel Resident and  a volunteer for youth sports in our community. As coaches in the Holmdel Football Association I know you are just as committed as I am to youth sports in our town. We are within a few days of a very important election and I am asking you to make sure that all of your families on your teams with registered voters go out and vote. If they have a candidate that they prefer, make sure they go out and vote for that candidate. If they are undecided, I am asking that you encourage them to vote for Mayor Hinds and his running mate Chiung-yin Liu.

No one has tried to do more for the recreation needs of our town then Mayor Hinds. While much has been made about the improvements for many of the HYAA programs, I have been in constant contact with the Mayor about the needs for our Organization. For the last 27 years that I have been a part of the youth football & cheer program, HFA has made the field next to the Satz school our home. While not perfect, we were able to create enough space on that field and the other parts of the HS grounds for our teams to practice. Our cheer teams bounced around from the side of Satz, over to Cross Farms and finally around Roggy fields a few years ago in an effort to keep our program in part of town.
 

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As many of you know, leading up to our season we were without a home due to the on-going construction on the High School and Satz grounds related to the 2020 initiative. Our lower Satz fields were in a construction zone, our upper Satz fields are no longer accessible for football, the gyms were off limits during construction in early August and Roggy Field was overbooked by the HS teams due to the unavailability of the upper HS fields. We did not have an area to practice for our 4 cheer squads, 2 flag teams and 6 tackle teams. That’s over 250 kids that would not have had the facilities that are required in order for them compete and be successful against our neighboring towns.  

 

Enter Mayor Hinds. He knew the importance of finding a place for our organization to practice. He understood that a patch of grass here or an open field there was not an answer. He wanted to find a place where our whole program could call home for the 2019 season. Without his help, I do not know if we would have been able to secure the fields at Village, have them lined and lighted and provide storage and bathroom facilities and a tent for our cheer teams; all at no cost to our Organization. He asked what we needed and delivered by working with the recreation department and School Administration to ensure we would have a home for 2019. No one has championed youth sports as much as Mayor Hinds.

 

Many of you have been with our program for many years. Some of you are new. I think we all can agree that we have a need for permanent home to practice that can accommodate the needs for our organization and the needs of the other recreation program in town. While other football & cheer programs are losing numbers we are actually getting bigger. I believe that if we can re-elect Mayor Hinds and add Chiung-yin Liu to the Township Committee we can get a lot of our recreation needs (for all sports) addressed over the next three years. Mayor Hinds, Chiung-Yin and Tom Critelli are committed to improving the recreation facilities in our town.

 

So again, I am asking you to make sure that you remind and encourage the families of your teams to go out and vote. Tell your friends and neighbors to go out and vote. I truly believe that this election will have ramifications for our youth programs and hope that you will join me in voting for Hinds & Liu on Tuesday November, 5th.

 

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