Letter: One big family in Hopkinton

Published: 7/3/2020 12:10:28 AM
Modified: 7/3/2020 12:10:18 AM

I am a high school student in Hopkinton, a school facing budget cuts. When I was in seventh grade, I was extremely nervous and scared; sports gave me an outlet and a family. I was heartbroken when I didn’t make the basketball team in seventh grade. But I got up, practiced, and made it in eighth grade.

I learned about myself. Middle school sports taught me what I love to do, such as helping younger players, and about my strengths and weaknesses, and that I can’t win at everything. Middle school sports taught me to never give up, your team will always be there.

Many of the sixth-graders headed to HMHS in the fall are feeling nervous. I remember when I was in Maple Street School, I couldn’t wait to play for middle school. I was so excited to be on a team, with challenges and fun games and team bonding. Middle school sports was the one thing I was excited for while moving up to middle high school.

I understand there are budget concerns in Hopkinton. Taxes are insane in this town. But it’s our small, quaint, amazing town. Our district is well known. People move here for it. We did. This town thrives on sports. When a team wins a championship, they parade through town. People who don’t have kids in school line the streets. We are a supportive and amazing town. Sports do so much for the kids. It’s more than a team. It’s a family.

SAMANTHA GOLDBLATT

Hopkinton




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