8/24 7:00 H
Vincent D. Johnson
Big Turn out for Porters sports
Last year Lockport athletic director Kent Irvin held the fall sports kick off in the auditorium of the east campus. This year he had no choice in the matter. The gym was the only place big enough.
Lockports fall sports kickoff, which was a gathering for Lockports athletes, their parents & their coaches, had one of its biggest turnouts ever. An estimated 1400 students & parents packed the east campus gym to meet coaches and find out what was happening for athletes this fall. Attendees were also treated to a compelling speech by Greg Siegman, (see Siegman story).
Irvin helped kick off the night by announcing that so far this fall Lockport has already had 800 students involved in sports. He also pointed out that last years total was 1200 students. "Your involvement makes a difference," he said to the students. He also added that the support from parents makes a big deference. "People see the support, and they want to be a part of that." He attributes that as one of the reasons Lockport has won eight state titles over the last eight years.
After some other general notes for athletes, guest speaker Greg Siegman, was introduced. Siegman, a Deerfield native, founded the Brunch Bunch, a non-for-profit organization that introduces Chicago school kids with working professionals. Why was Siegman speaking at a high school sports assembly? If you ask him hell tell you fate.
Siegman was asked to speak by Irvin who first heard of Siegman last spring. "I received a call from a friend who works at Joliet West about a speaker they were having who had formed a foundation in the name of Omari Mott." Omari was killed in a shooting right before Christmas his senior year. He was student of Irvins at Joliet West and he was also a friend of Siegmans. The two had met and kept in touch after a summer football camp after their junior year. Irvin knew he had to speak at Lockport.
This goes hand in hand with Siegmans philosophy that "things happen for a reason". And thats exactly what he told the students at Lockport Tuesday night. He also stressed that "People remember you for how you respond, not how you are treated. Anybody can react in a negative way. If you take something that happens that is bad and you try to turn it into a positive. You will make a difference".
Irvin hopes that the students will get Gregs message about "staying committed" and "getting to know other people who are different from yourself."
For more on Greg Siegman see our story & visit www.brunchbunch.com.
Last Season's Record:
Past Player Watch
-Lockport Twp. (official)
8/25 7:30 @
8/26 7:30 H
8/27 7:00 H
8/29 7:00 @
8/30 7:00 H