Name the field

for Coach Jarrell

Citizens, alumni, friends and co-workers of Coach Scott Jarrell are baffled by the resistance/reluctance by the Wayne County Board of Education to rename the field.

The 3,000-plus petition signatures are not enough. Not enough to coach, mentor or to be a respected community member. Not enough to build the field, help kids buy cleats and lunch, to represent what it is to be a man to a bunch of boys. Not enough that he was a good man or that he cared.

Not enough.

Remember what he means to this community? Remember our grief and shock at his passing? Remember our hurt? Remember the multitude standing in cold, pouring rain to pay our respects? In the line that stretched from the Wayne High School gym well through the main building? For hours. Remember? Do you remember the man and what he meant to so many? To you. To me. To us.

Do you remember the Jarrell family standing hours to receive us paying respects? With class and grace. Do you remember that they are part of us? Do they not deserve to honor their husband, father, grandfather? Should we as a community not honor our guidance counselor, teacher, coach, father figure?

According to one site, a hero is "selfless, a genuinely good person, and someone gets the undivided attention of all of us and causes change ... the one who has all the courage and ... responsibility." I'm not sure if I'd call Coach a hero. I know he wouldn't call himself one, nor would he ask for this honor. I do believe he had all of those qualities.

The board of education is made up of this community. Of you. Of her. Of him. Of us.

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die," said Thomas Campbell. We can do more. We can do better. We can rename the field Scott Jarrell Field at Pioneer Stadium.

Selena Stephens

Wilmington, N.C.


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