Coaches praised

To the Times of Ti: There was a recent article written about Blaise Bryant (the authors son), a blind football athlete. When Blaise started playing PAL football, it was with Nick and Nate Gilbo, and their father, the coach, Pete Gilbo. Pete has followed Nick, Nate and Blaise from the start of PAL football right up to high school in their football careers. Pete took Blaise under his wing and made sure that every opportunity was available for him to the best of his ability, not looking at his disability. Seeing beyond the scoreboard through his knowledge of the sport, working out the play with Coach Nephew and the whole JV team, and knowing Blaise could achieve what was about to be attempted, it was Coach Pete Gilbo at the Saranac game in October who said, OK Bryant, youre in. I would just like to apologize to Coach Pete Gilbo for the way he has been treated over the last few years, between the meetings, the accusations of discrimination and the letters to the public and I would personally like to thank all of the high school football coaches, Bill Mitchell, Brian Cross, Casey Nephew, Pete Gilbo for all they have done for my son. They have provided the opportunity for my son, Blaise, to play the sport he loves in a safe, empowering and rewarding environment, yet placing education and character development before wins. Danny Bryant
Port Henry

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