Community support scores big with Kardinals

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2005

It is time to put an end to another successful football season for the Kenai Kardinals. The players, coaches, parents and the administration at Kenai Central High School take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this season rewarding and enjoyable for the kids.

We thank Arby’s and the Navarre family for their constant support. They provided the kids many opportunities to earn money last spring and have always been there to help when we are in a pinch. In addition, they also provided the kids and coaches with a free lunch in Anchorage on the weekend of the state championship game.

A big thank you to Lynn Carlson for giving the players preseason physicals and donating the proceeds back to the program; Ron’s Rent-It Center and Airport Rentals for donating the use of portable heaters for the sidelines during the last three games; Anchorage Cold Storage for donating Powerade and the use of the Coca Cola Wagon for the junior class at home games; Jim Stretch and Clint Chappell for taking care of the heaters; Todd Wortham and River City Dental fitting and producing mouth pieces; Tony French and Beacon Occupational Health and Safety in Anchorage for letting us use their offices to tape the kids for the state championship game; Stan Pitlo and the Peninsula Clarion for providing end-of-the-season posters; Dave Schilling and the Uptown Motel for donating food for pregame meals; Kelly and Laurie Bookey for feeding the JV and varsity dinner; Enstar for donating the use of the grill for home games; Unocal for its donation of $1,000 to help pay for the kids to travel to summer football camp; Cherie Curry for her help coordinating homecoming activities; Robert Peterkin for arranging the flatbeds for the homecoming parade; John and Bernine Wensley for making DVD copies of the games; J.D. Uponen for making copies of the radio broadcast of the state championship game; Jim Montgomery for the countless hours he volunteered; the Kenai Chamber of Commerce for auctioning off an autographed state championship football for $2,000; Safeway of Kenai, Country Foods and Three Bears for their donations to support the hamburgers sales at home games; the Kenai Fire Department for being the medical personnel at home games; and to the parents, business people and community members I have failed to mention who donated their time, money and resources to the program and its fundraising endeavors. Your hard work and efforts toward the most valuable asset of our community — the kids — does not go unnoticed.

They genuinely appreciate the things you do for them, and although I be biased, I believe they do a fabulous job of representing themselves, their parents, school and community.

It is an honor for me to say I coach and teach at Kenai Central High School, not only because of the fine young people we have, but also because of the amazing community support we get.

Jim Beeson

Head football coach


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