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Mr. Gilligan has handled the subject as only he could and you are to be congratulated for printing it. Well done....
WHERE CAN THEY COMPETE?
As Don Canham points out, many of our best athletes retire before their prime. The Russians this summer inquired about Olympic 400-hurdle winner Charley Moore and were amazed to hear that he was no longer running. Many of our best runners and throwers retire early, not because they are tired of competition, but because they can't find it. There are fairly good track programs in New York and California, and to a lesser extent here in Chicago (although competition opportunities in this area are increasing), but on the whole the graduated athlete has to look hard and long to find sufficient competition.
The solution to this problem is by no means simple, nor is it as difficult as might be expected. Many colleges and towns sponsor large relay meets in the spring. If clubs and unattached athletes were allowed to compete, even if only in one or two open events (and some of the meets do allow this already), there would be more incentive for the runner and thrower to continue competing after leaving the interscholastic program.
Last summer I toured Europe on a personally financed development tour, competing in my event. At present, individual fanaticism is the only means available to overcome the problem. However, few youngsters would be willing to sacrifice in the same way.
Track officials in Europe are amazed at our lack of programing for our youth, particularly in view of what they consider the tremendous wealth of material in this country. We are preoccupied with big money and professional sports. Still, we should be able to organize some track and field program to fill the need. Articles like Can-ham's are a step in the right direction.