Special Thing Happened at a Football Game
Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:25
The following was forwarded by Shelton Athletic Director Jim Judson:
September 23, 2011
Final Score: Chelan 35 – Foster 7
A nice thing happened today as we prepared to drive to Foster High School in Tukwila (right by SeaTac Airport). The Foster Head Football Coach Jim Sutrick sent an email with exacting bus directions on finding Foster High School down to which school entrance to turn into and where to park the bus. Once the bus actually arrived we were met by an assistant coach who then showed our boys the locker room and from the locker room how to march out to the play field. Some of this is done at many schools when a new team shows up for the first time, but this isn’t the end of the story. The assistant coach explained that Foster High School is the most diverse high school in the United States with over 40 nationalities and speaking 64 languages. Tukwila is an inner city area and the town and regional around Foster High School has made it there business to be a refugee sanctuary for the whole world. They have made it there business to help the hurting and it pervades everything they do. Coach Sutrick made a point of introducing himself before the game and explaining they do things a little different and emphasize sportsmanship before and after a football game. At 10 minutes prior to the game each team lined up across the football field on the 40 yard line and sang the Star Spangled Banner. At the conclusion of our National Anthem each team came together and shook hands including coaches. Announcements were made of the starters on each team and then the game began. A very clean game, with few penalties played out for four quarters and the usual lineup to wish players and coaches ensued across the field, with the most different feeling – true words were spoken between teams and coaches, with Foster head coach reminding our team to stay out for just a minute on the 50 yard line as the Foster team win or loss went to sing their school fight song to their family and fans. At the conclusion of their school song all of the coaches and players came back to the 50 yard line and took a knee facing our team. Chelan followed there lead and took a knee facing back eye to eye as Coach Sutrick from Foster praised our teams play and sportsmanship, thanked us for driving so far to play this game, and wished us well. Coach Sutrick then opened a giant box and explained that their team and booster club had made each of our players a goodie bag filled with snacks for the road. Coach Sutrick then pulled out an envelope and said that their team and booster club wanted to give us a small token of their appreciation for coming over to play them, and presented our team with $200.00. I have been around football my whole life as the son of a head football coach, as a high school athlete, and as a college football player. I have never witnessed anything like what happened at this football game before and it touched our hearts in a way that is so uncommon in the hurried world we all work and live in, but it was real and it showed what can happen, when you have a mission and a calling to make our world a better place. Thank you Foster High School and Coach Sutrick for stepping out and taking the lead in real and true sportsmanship.
This is one of those games that our players will remember for ever, because of the way we were treated from the beginning of the game to the very end. Foster High School and Head Coach Sutrick's classiness was a model for all other programs. The genuiness of Foster Coaches and Players and the sportsmanship shown was something we had never seen on that level before. It will certainly impact our hearts and minds and hopefully change us all forever.
Darren Talley - Head Football & Ass't Track Coach Chelan H.S.