Jenks X, 1/29/2008 - 9:37pm "Mr. Ervin, I would like to congratulate you on completely screwing up this story. Once again the irresponsible media has taken something pure and true and created a "sensational story" without doing any due diligence. How about checking your sources for validity????
You obviously know nothing about Jenks Football, which is, one of the most successful well run programs in the state, if not the country.
All of the 'militant like' activities at the skills camp you described are mandated by the INFC, and are actually very organized and designed for the kids to have a positive experience. I know the kids look forward to the skills day. They get to meet Coach Trimble, Tulsa Talons, and even this year some retired NFL players. Each year Coach Trimble gives the kids (1st to 7th grade) a speech which emphasizes not football but schooling. That if not anything else is worth everything to our kids.
Maybe you should have contacted a JTA board member before you published your story (check the website all of their information is there). FYI that would be considered an investigative action. But no you rather just take the word of potential disgruntled people without checking their motives (which I don't know).
I am happy that you are only doing one sided stories on youth football and not on anything important like schools, politics, or the economy. I can only imagine what dementia you could dig up on those issues.
Next time bite the bullet and do your job."
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