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November 25, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

Dear Editor,

Anyone attending North Tama football games this year, couldn't help be amazed at the overwhelming support the football program received from fans, various businesses and community members. Evidence of the overwhelming support was apparent when looking through the football program sold at the semi-finals. A school district with total town(s) population of roughly 2,800 had eighteen ads placed in the program, while Mason City, a town of roughly 31,000 people had four ads.

The North Tama football coaches, players, and support staff are absolutely humbled by the unbelievable support from the North Tama community, as well as the surrounding areas, throughout the 2009 football season. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have the best fans in the state of Iowa.

Obviously, thousands of people have supported the program in one way or another, and realize that your efforts did not go unnoticed and unappreciated. We would like to mention a few who have sacrificed a tremendous amount of time for the good of the program. We are grateful to Josh Youel for working countless hours to prepare the main field and practice field as well as refurbishing the sidelines after they were torn up for underground repairs. Mr. Youel also organized multiple fathers who helped install the field turf on the home sideline. We appreciate the efforts of Doug Hefty, Dave Isenhower, and Dave Calderwood for finding tarps to cover the field so we could have a dry field for our playoff games. We are thankful for the North Tama booster club committee and booster club members for allocating and donating money towards the repair of the sidelines. We also extend our gratitude to Sandy Dengler and all of the mothers of the "Feast Team" who made outstanding meals every Thursday night, and to the people who donated money to purchase the supplies to make the "Thursday Night Feast" a continued tradition. We are deeply indebted to the multiple community members who anonymously donated thousands of dollars so every football player could have a Revolution style helmet. Their donations also sent the North Tama football team on long road trips to Brooklyn, Lone Tree and North English via charter bus.

The outcome of our football season was not what we ultimately intended to happen, but because of the North Tama community the program is recognized as one of the best in Class A. We, as a team, want everyone to know we believe, because of the support we receive year in and year-out, we have the best all-around program in the state, regardless of class!

Please understand that your support of North Tama football does not go unrecognized and unappreciated! We hope to see all of you next year at Dennis Field supporting the Redhawks!

Yours in football,

The North Tama Football Team and Staff



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