Kardinals football team benefits from huge community support

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009

With hockey officially starting it is time to put an end to another successful football season for the Kenai Kardinals. The players, coaches, parents of the players, and the administration at Kenai Central High School would like to take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this past season of Kenai football very rewarding and enjoyable for the kids involved.

For starters, we would like to thank Arbys and the Navarre and Tunseth families for their constant support. As usual they provided the kids many opportunities to earn money this past spring and have always been there to help us when we are in a pinch. In addition, they provided the kids and coaches with a free dinner in Anchorage the night before the state championship game.

Other people that deserve a big thank you are as follows: Lynn Carlson and Christine Babcock for giving preseason physicals to the players and donating the proceeds back to the program; Anchorage Cold Storage for donating countless items and time to the cause; Kelly and Laurie Bookey for the feeding the j.v. and varsity football teams dinner; Enstar for donating the use of their barbeque grill for all home football games; Stanley Chrysler for allowing the school to use cars for our homecoming parade; Brian Hawkins for the numerous hours he put into filming and making scout video for the kids; Jim Montgomery for the countless hours of time that he volunteered; Country Foods for their donations to support the hamburger sales at all home football games; the City of Kenai, Kenai Police Department and Kenai Fire Department for their help and support throughout the year with homecoming activities and providing medical personnel at all of our home football games; Mayor Pat Porter, council members Bob Molloy, Ryan Marquis, Barry Eldridge, Mike Boyle and Maya Johnson, Arbys, Enstar, Peterkins, Coca Cola, and community members Kelly Gifford, Rebbeca Chronkeite, Ruth Malston, Charlie Pierce and Duane Bannock for donating their time and resources to put on a celebatory barbecue for the kids and their parents after we won our fifth state championship; and finally a thank you to all of the parents, business people and community members that I have failed to mention that donated their time, money and resources to the program and its fund raising endeavors.

Your hard work and efforts toward the most valuable asset of our community -- the young kids -- does not go unnoticed. The kids do genuinely appreciate the many things that you do for them and, although I may have a biased opinion, I believe that they do a fabulous job of representing themselves, their parents, their school and their community in their many endeavors. Again, thank you all for everything you do. It is an honor for me to say that I coach and teach at Kenai Central High School not only because of the fine young people we have but because of the amazing community support we get.

Jim Beeson

Assistant principal, football coach

Kenai Central High School

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