Like Aliquippa, Pa., many cities across the country still experience the crippling social dilemma in which sports are the only way out of poverty and despair. While a part of me still believes that money and greed has ruined sports, for many living in these communities it may be the only form of hope and inspiration.
Bill Blair, Park City, Utah
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I enjoyed S.L. Price's profile of Aliquippa (The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa, Jan. 31) and its high school football program. Although the town has struggled over the years with economic depression, racial tension, and an influx of drugs and violence, it's inspiring to see that the residents can still come together to cheer on their Quips every Friday night in the fall. Football may just be a game, but it's a game that can help a community transcend its struggle.
Colin Hare, Frisco, Texas
I graduated from Aliquippa in 1976 and am especially proud to have called it home. It amazes me that this small, tremendously diverse and racially integrated city has provided so many of us with sound morals, strong family values and an unwavering work ethic.
Brian Ceccarelli, Xenia, Ohio
As someone who watched Utah get Jimmered for 47 points in person at the Huntsman Center last month, I can attest to Jimmer Fredette's amazing talent (A Real Jimmer Dandy, Jan. 31). That night, even the home-crowd Utes fans were in awe of him.
Eric Judd, South Jordan, Utah