By Walt Johnson | Mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Athletes from Fort Carson and Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs completed the first youth sports season since COVID-19 brought activities to a halt in 2020.
The youth sports baseball season officially came to a close July 31, 2021, and no one was more excited to see the athletes finish the season than Otis Forrest, youth center sports director. Forrest, like anyone else who has been involved in competitive sports the past 18 months knew there was a chance they would not get to see July 31, 2021, depending on the course the virus would take.
“Seeing the end of the season was more than just the completion of another youth sports season,” Forrest said. “When we sat down in early spring to see if it would be safe and feasible to have a season, we understood there was a chance we would not see this day. Everyone understood the safety protocols that needed to be in place for everyone involved with the program. We wanted to make sure our athletes were safe, and we also needed to make sure our families and the staff here and at (Peterson Space Force Base) would also be safe. I can’t say thank you enough to all our players, fans, Family members and staff for being so diligent and making sure we were able to complete this season for the youths.”
Forrest was not the only person who was ecstatic to see a successful season come to a good conclusion. Drakkar Brown, Fort Carson youth center coach, said he looked forward to the season because he understands how important it is to help young athletes learn the game and get much needed experience working as a team.
“I am happy that we were able to get this season in for the children’s sake,” Brown said. “After … months of inactivity because of the virus it was great to be able to get out and teach these kids about sports and in
some cases about life. I have seen the difference in the kids I got at the beginning of the season and the kids where they are now. I love coaching young athletes and in the end, I really love being not just a coach but a difference in young people’s lives.”
The next youth sports will be flag football, soccer, volleyball and cheer, and they are scheduled to begin in about three weeks. Contact the youth sports office for more information on registration for the upcoming youth sports activities.