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Feature Article

 

April 16, 2014

Every Goal Counts

By Aaron Brown

 

Recently, my mom handed over a few scrapbooks she had stored in a closet of my old bedroom. One of them was chock full of newspaper cutouts from instructional league soccer games I played in as a kid. Each game report listed the goals, assists, saves and offensive/defensive standouts for each team. We were absolutely thrilled to see our "name in lights" even though when I look back at the clippings, it appears that every single player from each team was listed.

 

No matter...our parents were proud, we were proud, we got to show our friends, and we got to dream that someday we would make it big as a professional soccer player. I think they did something similar for baseball. I still have those cutouts too.

 

We have moved into a digital era where everything and every thought is posted online somewhere. Unfortunately, while I can tell you that I put pepperoni on my pizza, put cream and sugar in my coffee, and still listen to Ludacris...I still can't tell you who the top performers were for a handful of teams on many nights because no one is reporting the scores.

 

On this end, I make every attempt to report whatever I can related to each game and tournament. In many cases, I feel guilty if I leave out a single goal-scorer, since it might have been their first Varsity goal and they might be hoping to finally see their "name in lights" when they get around to checking the site.

 

By the end of this year, the main page of illpolo.com alone will be accessed over one million times. More than one thousand people "follow" or "like" illpolo.com on Facebook and Twitter. People are paying close attention to this sport. It could be your family, friends, teammates, rivals, college coaches, or your classmates who see that you performed at a high level and made a difference for your team. Shouldn't your efforts and hard work be rewarded with some form of recognition to an audience that is focused on the sport you spend so much time on?

 


 

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who do take the time to report scores and statistics throughout the season. There are many people who are go out of their way "behind-the-scenes" to help promote the sport and see it grow, in many cases reporting information about their opposition as well as their own team.

 


 

Finally, a general rule is that if you don't see it reported on the site (i.e. scores, game statistics), there is a really good chance that it hasn't been reported. Assume that. And if you have the time, feel free to help promote the sport by sending information to help the great athletes of Illinois high school water polo get the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

 

 

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