One aspect of the media business that I
have always been uncomfortable with is that tragedy drives the news.
Such was the case last week when Wynford freshman football player Chris
Isaacs was killed in an accident on his way to school. There are still many questions marks, but the father of Chris Isaacs
has answered one about the value of extracurricular activities in
schools and interscholastic sports.
One aspect of the media business, whether print or electronic, that I have always been uncomfortable with is that tragedy drives the news. Such was the case last week when Wynford freshman football player Chris Isaacs was killed in a horrific accident on his way to school.
It seems as though there has been too much of that in my time as a member of the local media. One occasion is too many, but when any young person is taken regardless of how it leaves a question mark in our minds and on our hearts.
There are still many questions marks, but the father of Chris Isaacs has answered one about the value of extracurricular activities in schools and interscholastic sports. If there were questions about the character and class of area coaches and athletes, he answered those too.
Paul Isaacs took time out from his grief to send an e-mail to our Davey Jones here at the radio station. From his broken heart he shared some things I’d like to pass along to the doubters of our young people in Crawford County and the surrounding area.
Mr. Isaacs praised the Wynford football team and entire Wynford community for its support during what is certainly a most difficult time for him and his family. Knowing those people involved in the Wynford school system, its football team and community I would have expected nothing less.
But it is the rest of Mr. Isaacs’ e-mail that is so stirring and reaffirming of what is happening in our schools and sports teams that often goes unnoticed.
While taking time during the calling hours for Chris, Mr. Isaacs and his family couldn’t help but notice that practically every school in the North Central Conference made the effort to send flowers and express sympathies regarding Chris’s death.
But their thoughts of kindness and charity went beyond that. They also went beyond the line of competition that we all too often allow to separate and define us as opponents on and off an athletic field, at work and on the street.
These teams who represent other schools, other parents and communities besides Wynford asked if they could have a time to see Chris and his family prior to the funeral as there simply wasn’t time on Friday to do so. It is needless to say how impressed and touched the Isaacs’ family was by their simple but decent act of kindness.
It’s an appropriate display about priorities to ponder this week of the Bucyrus-Wynford game, one of the strongest rivalries in the area.
To those coaches and the young men who follow them every week night in practice and on Friday nights on a field of competition, I would like to express my sincere thanks for reminding us to compete hard at whatever we do, but to never lose respect and compassion for others – including those we find ourselves going up against.
You have proven once again that there are lessons and values to be gained from preparing for the sport you love that are readily applied to other parts of your lives.
You have shown the investment of your time and effort is paying huge dividends because you’ve been willing to cross the line.