The fall sports season is wrapping up, and it’s been a season to remember for Grand Haven High School varsity athletic teams.
The Grand Haven boys and girls cross country teams each advanced to the Division 1 state meet, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
The Buccaneers’ boys soccer team reached the regional tournament — in Holt, which is southeast of Lansing.
The Bucs’ volleyball team went to the Class A regional tournament, in which their first game was played in Traverse City. Their great season ended Friday night in the state semifinals in Battle Creek.
Fortunately, Buccaneers fans have had a chance to cheer on their teams without having to get behind the wheel of a car. That’s because spectator buses have provided the transportation for them.
We give serious kudos to the Grand Haven High School athletic department and school administrators for organizing spectator buses for these and other events.
First, sending spectator buses encourages fans to get out and support their favorite teams. Even better, they can do so without spending their own gas money and without having to take on the responsibility of driving long distances.
And since students and others pay for their spots, the spectator buses aren’t costing the school districts any money, which is always a plus.
We all remember the terrifying crash that nearly claimed the lives of five Grand Haven High School girls who were traveling to Lansing to watch a girls’ basketball game last spring.
Spectator buses were available for that contest as well, but those girls (and, to be fair, many other students who reached the game safely) chose not to take advantage of them. But that tragedy opened our eyes to the hazards of putting hundreds of students on the road.
We encourage students to take advantage of these spectator buses whenever possible. Let a trained professional take responsibility for getting you there and back again safely. That allows you the freedom to do your homework, watch a movie, read a book, trade texts and Tweets, or simply chat with your friends without having to worry about keeping your eyes on the road.
Supporting your favorite sports teams is an important part of the high school experience. Getting there and back again safely is even more important.
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