Sixth-graders having to travel out of city, out of state and out of country to find worthy competition? Ninety games per year, which is more than the NBA regular-season schedule? Please. We're losing touch with what it means to be a kid.
Ken Waldron, Noblesville, Ind.
I put my hand over the last paragraph so I wouldn't skip ahead and read it—the whole time hoping the last two sentences would read like they did. Great article, Rick. In your face, Titans!
Frank Loughan, Arlington, Va.
In the late 1990s I worked for Kenny Troutt at Excel Communications, the company he founded. Kenny's own background is far closer to your description of the less advantaged Assault players than it is to the Titans team. He came from humble beginnings and worked harder than anyone would have ever expected him to. He has enjoyed his wealth but has shared it as well, giving large amounts of money away to deserving causes with no fanfare or publicity. The kids on the Titans will outgrow the team and continue living in whatever economic status they came from. In the meantime, all the Titans will have experienced something that few of them otherwise would have. And they will have benefited from being in the presence of someone who came from a poorer background than they did, generated enormous wealth from his own hard work and opportunistic sense and then used his wealth for good.
Mike Collins, San Diego
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