Charles City’s home football game against New Hampton on Friday night (09.02) will be the busiest sporting event in Charles City since the Comets’ softball game against Waterloo East was halted by controversy in July
Some East players said they were racially teased, leading some fans to be asked to leave the stands before play resumed. Both school districts pledged to cooperate in an investigation into the alleged incidents, although no further details have been released.
Prior to the football rivalry between the Comets and the Chickasaws, Charles City operations manager and manager Brian Jurrens issued a letter for “fan expectations” at school events and activities.
Jurrens writes, “We want to make sure everyone has a great experience when visiting our community. Encourage the Comets strongly and respect our opponents and officials. Spectators will not be permitted to interfere with the enjoyment of participating students, other spectators, or the performance of employees and officials supervising the activity.
Jurrens also asks that “young Comet fans are supervised by a parent or guardian during the event (and) when the event has started, we ask all fans and spectators to remain in the stands or bleachers in order to watch and cheer on our Comets.”
Ironically, the good sportsmanship reminders come nearly a year after Comets Mario Hoefer came to the aid of Chickasaws Carter Steinlage in the September 3, 2021 inter-school football game, played in New Hampton. A photo of Hoefer helping Steinlage stretch a cramped leg has gone viral, eventually earning both players appearances on national TV shows, as well as a trip to St. Louis last November for the 2021 Musial Awards celebrating sportsmanship in America. The ceremony was taped and broadcast on CBS TV on Christmas Day.
Below is Jurrens’ fan letter of expectations:
FAN EXPECTATIONS WHEN ATTENDING EVENTS
September 1, 2022
Subject: Business Expectations
Charles Town Community,
As we enter a new school year, we want to encourage everyone in our community to participate in activities and cheer on our comets, while ensuring that everyone has a clear understanding of our expectations when attending events. Our governing bodies for all of our activities set specific guidelines for fans and spectators at events and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience when visiting our community.
When you attend an activity, please encourage the Comets and respect our opponents and our officials. Spectators will not be permitted to interfere with the enjoyment of participating students, other spectators, or the performance of employees and officials supervising the activity.
We encourage our young Comet fans to attend all activities, but ask that they be supervised by a parent or guardian during the event. When the event has started, we ask all fans and spectators to stay in the stands or bleachers to watch and cheer on our Comets. Also, please do not bring footballs, basketballs, etc. to no activity.
We look forward to a great year for Comet Activities and appreciate the support you all provide throughout the year!
Secondary school principal
Director of Activities