Our View: Football season a participation sport

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The 2013 football season is up and running around the Tri-Cities, and fans are excited about the upcoming games.

There are few things that can bring a community together like a football game on a fall Friday night or other prep sports.

Even if football’s not your thing, there are numerous extracurricular activities coinciding with the games that are worthy of support, including fundraisers for school and charitable organizations that depend heavily on support at football games.

We encourage you to support your local school this season.

If you did not make it to a game this weekend, Week 2 is a great time to start, considering Batavia, Geneva, Kaneland, St. Charles East and St. Charles North will be playing at home.

We wish all of the fall athletes in the area – football and otherwise – healthy and successful seasons.

Safety concerns, particularly about football, have rightly drawn increased attention in recent years, and we encourage parents, athletes and coaches to keep all the appropriate safety protocols in mind, even as competitive juices flow.

The Kane County Chronicle’s Prep Football Preview Section that published Thursday focused on evolving technology that has allowed high school teams to fine-tune their game preparation.

That’s all well and good, but be sure to put your 21st century device of choice down for a few minutes at the game and simply look around, absorbing the sights and sounds of high school football.

No matter what era we’re living in, the imagery of a community coming together never gets old.