Monday, May 4, 2009

Notes from the Relay

One thing was obvious walking around Relay For Life on Saturday, aside from the improved attendance when the rain stopped: The kids rule the place.

Peter B. Kyne Field at Tracy High was packed with kids, raning from 7-year-olds playing soccer to high school students walking the track in some pretty interesting costumes. Most were alternating between volunteering and hanging out with friends.

It's great to see the high levels of participation among Tracy's youth. Sure, a lot of them were Scouts, or students, or brought by parents. But they were there.

Kids who are involved with being generous with their time and talent often grow up to be adults of a similar mindset. And we can use all the giving adults we can get.

Who cares if for a good part of the day many of the kids at the relay were just romping around? If kids think something like the Relay For Life is fun, they're more likely to do it again.

So keep those soccer balls handy.

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