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Allen Hager, Fargo, Published October 19 2013

Letter: Sportsmanship, great civility

Recently we had the unfortunate loss of our dearly beloved grandfather, father, husband and friend, Chuck Schnieder. He was a wonderful man who was taken too soon. Chuck loved to attend all sporting events and hardly missed any of the events his 10 grandchildren participated in. Chuck’s death shocked the family and has been difficult for his grandchildren. They loved him so much, and he will be missed.

During the week of grandpa’s death and attending the weekend funeral, it was tough for my son to keep his mind on playing his favorite sport, soccer. But with the Eastern Dakota Championship in the balance, he elected to play in the EDC match-up with Shanley’s most difficult opponent, West Fargo.

In the years past, he would always be up for this game, and has always had success against this team. He became the nemesis for the West Fargo team as it turned out again that Saturday. He scored with 15 minutes left in the game to make it a tie and virtually locked up the EDC championship.

Then one of the most amazing signs of sportsmanship I have ever seen occurred after the game. The two teams were in their post-game huddle when the West Fargo boys’ soccer team summoned my son. As he approached the team, each of the team members gave him a hug and then handed him a card that was signed by all the players in sympathy of his grandfather’s death.

Then coach James Moe spoke briefly with my son and told him that he too had a grandfather close to him die and expressed his sympathy and wished him well with prayers.

I must say that I was extremely impressed with the West Fargo boys’ soccer team and coaches in what was truly a wonderful act of civility and great sportsmanship. My hat is off to you, West Fargo Packers.