8.03.2011

Success Through Perseverance

Perseverance pays off!

As some of you may recall, I've been having a bit of a problem with my son's high school soccer coach telling him he had to cut his hair short to be able to play on the team.  My son has been growing his hair out for Locks of Love for a year now (he's donated before), and it will be another two years before his hair will be long enough to donate again.  After attempting to address this with the coach over and over again, the coach wasn't interested in his reasons, and told him he still had to cut it if he wanted to play.

I sent a very long letter to the coach and other school officials detailing the situation, and told them of my intent to go the the school board and the media with the issue.  Finally, they figured out I was serious.

Today I met with the athletic director, principal and superintendent.  I'm glad to say that they have apologized for the way they handled this situation and have asked my son to come play for his school again.  The whole issue has really upset him, and he may still decide not to play because of the stress this has caused in his life, but this arbitrary rule will be addressed so this can't happen to another child.

It was a good day in Savageworld. :)

14 comments:

  1. So good, Is good to hear that you son has a great mother and a beautiful spirit. Don't dear to break him, fucker coach.

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  2. Woot! Go Team Savage. Excellent result. So sorry this has stressed out your boy - but at least no other kids will suffer. 

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  3. Awesome :) I had a friend in high school that played. They made him wear a headband because his hair was so long. It worked pretty well. 

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  4. I am a firm believer that sometimes when it comes to your children you just got to be a BITCH!

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  5. latuacantante4him MAugust 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    I am so glad that they realize they were wrong.  I am so sorry for the stress it caused your son.  Good for him for sticking with his principles, though.  :)

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  6. i hope that your son willing decides play again this season, if not, i hope that you make him play.  i know that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but there is more to be learned here and not just by your son.  other kids on the team may learn to stand up for themselves and believe in themselves.   hopefully the coach will also recognize that strength in your son and that  he can't intimidate him or the other kids on the team. 

    competitive or recreational, isn't it still just about playing the game the best that you can?  it's the same in life... what's hair got to do with it?

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  7. good for you!

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  8. It never hurts to know some guerrilla law either. Then you can say: I appreciate your opinion, but if you decide to enforce it here's what I will do. Then tell them in 1,2,3,etc order what your strategy is. Tell them it will become very public (as you did)and very costly in legal fees for them. So can't we settle this amicably?

    More on HIde and Drink:  http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/

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  9. I may have had just a few more things up my sleeve before the meeting, just in case it didn't go as well.  ;)  But it did, so I am happy!

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  10. LOL!!!!  I have that same issue.... I'm still trying to figure out where the teeth on my icon came from.  I have no idea what happened to my normal avi. :)

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  11. Don't mess with Mama Bear.

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  12. Good for you! What a great cause for him to grow his hair out. My Mom died from cancer way before they had things like this and had wigs. So I applaud you and your son! I can completely understand why this upset him. What a great Mom you are, going to bat for your kids.... 

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  13. my husband hasn't cut his hair since he was 13. down with the establishment and all those drones!! ;p

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  14. The lady who cut my hair for locks of love said that they are so picky about the hair they accept, that even the hair that fits all the guidelines (clean, never bleached, length, etc.) sometimes isn't accepted. I doubt they accepted mine, the bottom two inches, though I donated like 14 inches, were split.

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