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People across the country are rallying around a 12-year-old New Jersey boy who quit his football team after the coach refused to let him wear pink football gloves to support his mother, who is battling breast cancer.
The boy, Julian Connerton of Egg Harbor, N.J., plays for the Egg Harbor City Crusaders, a youth league. As the team was getting ready Saturday night to play the Ocean City Junior Raiders, the coach, Paul Burgan, told Julian he couldn’t play while wearing the gloves, the Press of Atlantic City reported.
“No one knew that there was a personal reason why the kid wanted to wear the gloves … The game was ready to
Julian’s family has said the coach was aware of the boy’s mother’s
A message addressing the issue was posted on the team’s Facebook page on Sunday.
“The Exec Board of the Crusaders Organization is aware of the unfortunate miscommunication in OC. The board and coaches have the utmost respect for FAMILY. We are gathering facts, and are very confident that this misunderstanding will be resolved,” the message read.
Another message followed. The latest one, posted on Tuesday evening, said the situation had “been resolved.”
“We are looking forward to Julian returning to practice tomorrow. All are looking forward to Julian representing The Crusaders as a
The incident has produced a public outcry. Some people called for Burgan to be fired or face sensitivity training. Others demanded Julian receive an apology, while others said they believed the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding and had been blown out of proportion.
“Power to you for putting your MOM first, you really showed how much you love and care for her. Too bad the coach couldn’t think like you and put his ruling aside. You did it for a reason, not because you felt like being funny. Pink is for breast cancer, does he know that?” one poster wrote.
But another poster took the boy to task, saying he shouldn’t expect to be able to buck the system and wear whatever he wanted during team play. “That is not respect he says he has for his coach or any adult,” the poster wrote.
Several people have pointed out that some players in the NFL wear pink in October.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 210,203 women in the United States were diagnosed with the disease in 2008. There were 40,589 deaths from breast cancer that year.
Wednesday, September 12 2012, 08:42 AM CDT
Chattanooga adding hundreds of hotel rooms
May 19, 2013 18:39 GMT
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chattanooga market will add hundreds of hotel rooms in the coming year, following four years of booming revenues for its hotel industry.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/112fNkG ) reports at least 728 hotel rooms under construction are to be added this year and next, citing Smith Travel Research.
That extra supply comes amid expectations for a busy summer tourism season but on the heels of a drop in demand so far this year.
According to Smith Travel Research, Chattanooga's hotel occupancy rates in the first three months of this year dropped 10.4 percent from the same period a year ago.
The summer tourism season kicks off when the USA Cycling Professional National Championships roll into town Memorial Day weekend. The event is expected to draw about 25,000 spectators.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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