We write to express our concerns about the future of the Piedmont High School’s Football Program. We understand that the Piedmont High School administration held a parent meeting on January 10, 2022 to discuss dropping the Varsity football team for the 2022 season. As students and players, we were not invited to participate in this important discussion about the future of the Varsity football program at Piedmont High School and want our opinion on the record before any final decisions are made.
As PHS athletes, we are grateful for the support of parents and administrators who made sure PHS sports navigated the challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. For those of us who are rising seniors and juniors, our commitment to our school, our sport, our coaches, and our teammates never wavered as we faced a different pandemic challenge each season.
We stuck together and stuck it out for the benefit of the entire PHS athletic program, the tradition of Piedmont football, the camaraderie, and for a sense of community during these turbulent times. Friday night Varsity football games gave the entire Piedmont community –- students, parents, teachers, band, pep squad, and residents –something to look forward to when many other venues remained closed.
Many of us have lived in this community our entire lives and played at all grade levels of Piedmont sports. It would be easy to say we want to continue playing as a Varsity squad next year just because of what it means for our high school accolades and our college applications. Nothing could be further from the truth. Win or lose, we want to play as a Varsity squad because of the values we learned during our years with the program: hard work, commitment, perseverance, trust, teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship.
On January 10, PHS surprised everyone with the possible cancellation of the Varsity team. We want the PHS Administration and our community to know there is great support for our program. The 19 undersigned returning, or new student athletes have already committed or expressed interest to play Varsity football in Fall 2022. This is before any of the traditional spring recruiting efforts have taken place.
We ask that the PHS administration, Athletics department, and the entire parent community honor the values we learned through participating in Piedmont sports and support us playing Varsity football for Piedmont High School in 2022.
Class of 2023
Bailey Cain, Bautista Costa, Matteo Costa, Marcos Filho, Aidan Hickman, Ryan McConathy, Jack Nelson, Marek Wilk, Matthew Lee, Sonny Brennan, Liam Campbell, Justin Kerwin
Class of 2024
Derek Schleuning, Emmett Maxwell, Dimitri Papahadjopoulos, Keita Clear, Bodhi Bloemker, Arjun Bornstein, Dom Alexandre