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Got any plans for the next dozen weekends? Try this

Aug 27, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

What are your plans for this Friday night? And what about next Tuesday? And next Thursday, Friday and Saturday? And the next week, and the week after that...

Why don't you come and ride with The Ranger?

If its been awhile since you've attended a high school sporting event, why not consider taking time this fall to get out and see what's happening at Riverton High School.

We'll be there, at the football games, the volleyball matches, the swim meets, the tennis, golf and cross-country competitions.

Call your friends, and come join us.

High school sports events are where our community gathers in a safe and family-friendly environment. Kids see what it means to play in the band, cheer for their team, or compete against their rivals. They can witness, first hand, what it means to win and what we learn when we lose.

So many teaching moments -- some good and some not so good -- happen at school sports events.

And, it may surprise you, that our support, if we can help our young people be more inclined to participate in high school athletics and activities, may actually help kids, boys and girls, earn more money later in life.

What?

Christy Lleras is an associate professor of human and community development at the University of Illinois. She wrote that her research indicates that students with better social skills, work habits, and who participated in extracurricular activities in high school had higher educational attainment and earnings, even after controlling for cognitive skills, 10 years after they graduated from high school.

If we help create a supportive, enthusiastic environment for our young competitors, our community will be a better place.

If you come and ride with The Ranger at our home activity events, you'll benefit too, especially if you are older, like me.

I have my AARP card, so I have to worry about these things.

Dr. Karen Ertel is a post doctoral fellow at the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her team found that those people who were socially integrated (socially active) had less than half the memory decline of those who were socially isolated.

There are few better places in our great little community to hang with friends than at school sporting events.

This Friday, the Wolverines are at home for their week-zero football game against Worland at Wolverine Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. It won't mean anything in the standings at the season's end, but it will be a good first step for the Wolverines' new coach, Pat Patterson, and his team.

There will be plenty of other chances this fall to support the volleyball squad, swimmers, golfers, tennis players and cross-country runners.

Step with The Ranger this year.

Let's support our teams, in person, at all of their activities and athletic events.

They, and we, will benefit.

Have a great sports week. Go

Big Red!

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