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Football: MFCA speaks out against prejudices

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Ron Stolski.

The Minnesota Football Coaches Association released a statement Friday, June 19, announced it is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment devoid of any racial or prejudicial injustice.

Executive director and retired Brainerd Warriors head football coach released the statement saying: “The MFCA grieves with all those affected by the tragic events of our recent past. As the professional organization of Minnesota HS football coaches and a football family that must stand as one.

“Every age has its own dreams. Old coaches dream of yesterday, but it remains our destiny to deliver the dreams of today.

If we are to deliver the dreams of today and the game we teach and love, it must be void of prejudice. It must welcome all students regardless of race, color, creed, financial standing, and gender. Our huddle must be the huddle that embraces all mankind. If we listen to the boys of fall and the fields they play on, then our game will help teach us what we need to know.

“Further, we must be unified in our support of our black and brown players, coaches and communities and stand with them in their fight for social justice. We have a voice! We must use it to speak loud and clear in that support and initiate actions to do what is right and change what is not.”

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Stolski concluded the email with: “Keepers, silence is not an option.”

In a phone conversation Friday, Stolski said he took his time writing the statement after writing a piece in the Prep Coaches publication.

He hopes his statement as executive director of the football coaches association will push other associations to follow suit.

Covering the Brainerd lakes area sports scene for the past 23 years.
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