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posted: 3/12/2013 5:00 AM

D214 should insure student athletes

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I am mad as a hornet! I just received an email from the District 214 Board of Education informing the Gridiron Alliance that they refuse to provide insurance for student athletes. Existing Illinois school law already provides that a few dollars can buy $7.5 million of insurance that will go to inured athletes and families. This cost can best come from concessions and gate fees at tournaments. (Hooray, no tax hikes!)

It looks like the district would rather spend $300,000 annually pooling monies to FIGHT those who seek help in dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic injury. The last case against District 214 in 1999 took nearly five years to settle (no fault) for a cost of $12.5 million-$47 million. Apparently, they want a fight -- and they will have one.

Anyone agree that it is not the community burden alone, to pick up the pieces and help broken kids and families like we did in 1999?

The 214 board and administration refused to help. Now is the time to care about kids ... c'mon, a couple bucks for $7.5 million coverage? Moms and dads of athletes of all ages, are you with us? We will appear again before the board in March.

We will fight for kids. Anybody care?

Donald Grossnickle

Gridiron Alliance

Buffalo Grove

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