Way too far?

Throughout America, sports of all genres have continued to be an important aspect of the way of life of communities and states as a whole. At all levels, from youth sports all the way up into the professional ranks, athletes, parents and die-hard fans pride themselves on the way their favorite teams play the games they love.

However, at one point, does “fanatical” become too much?

High school athletics take center stage in communities across the nation and often serve as a way that town or respective school base shows their pride in school. But, winning and losing has now come to symbolize how successful these programs are, not whether or not student-athletes are achieving what athletics were set out to instill. In the term “student-athlete,” it is sometimes forgotten that the word placed first is set there to explain the most important objective, and that reason isn’t to score touchdowns, hit home runs or knock down 3-pointers. Coaches aren’t just set in place at the school to win championships at all costs. Most serve in some sort of role as an educator, as well.

Just recently in an Ohio town, a high school football coach into his second year recently resigned among death threats from members of the community and parents. After his team lost its 18th game in a row, Middletown High School Head Coach Lance Engleka wrote to the school’s principal that he refused to tolerate online death threats, attacks from parents and verbal abuse aimed at his family and coaching staff.

Yes, there is no doubt that high school football serves as a great community event for student-athletes, alumni and members of the area that it serves. But at what point does a win-loss record validate a threat of violence? Sports can teach young kids a great deal about how to prepare for the world that they will soon be entering, how to handle disappointment and how to handle success. But that lesson was not learned at the Ohio school mentioned. No football game, win or loss is worth threatening a coach, their staff or their family.

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