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Lakeridge community is urged to support Carlson

As they raise their children, most parents are hoping that in addition to their hard work and guidance, their kids will have the good fortune of meeting other mentors, a teacher or a coach perhaps. People that will augment what (their parents) are teaching with additional wisdom, making them even better prepared to go to college and live a productive and happy life.

In February 2013, Chad Carlson came into our son’s life as an assistant football coach at Lakeridge High School. Our son was hungry for a coach that would provide the football team with the energy and leadership that had been sorely missing his first three years playing for Lakeridge, a coach that would be tough and supporting at the same time.

Almost immediately we could sense changes, a passionate drive to be better in not only athletics but school as well emerged, (with our son) developing a confidence in himself that we had not seen before. Before long we could see these changes in other kids that played football at Lakeridge and an excitement about the 2013 season began building.

As parents we were excited because we could see, win or lose, our son was going to become a better person as the result of Chad’s leadership.

Unfortunately, our son’s on-the-field experience in 2013 came to an end in the sixth game of the season when he suffered a season-ending injury. Needless to say, he was devastated by the injury. As he fought his way through the coming weeks, Chad Carlson was right there with him, helping him to cope with his disappointment at not being able to play and encouraging him to stay involved with the team.

After missing several weeks of school, the drive that Chad had instilled in him became more important than ever as he struggled to catch up in school and maintain his grades. We could not be more proud of him when he raised his grades back up to their normal level by the end of the semester.

We would encourage everyone in the Lakeridge community to get behind the hiring of Chad Carlson as the head football coach for the Lakeridge Pacers. Twelve months from now you will not be disappointed in the results.

In closing, we would like to publicly thank Chad Carlson for everything he has done for our son. Because of you he has obtained his goal of playing college football and will do so at Linfield next fall.

Michael and Jennifer Andrew are residents of Lake Oswego.

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