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Footballs, fitness and a fun fair

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Editorial: June 25, 2013

ISSUE: Some good stuff

OUR VIEW: Celebrate success

For the first time since defeating Tennessee in 2011, UK football fans have something to celebrate.

Coach Mark Stoops and his staff have reached their first milestone by putting Kentucky at the top of the 2014 recruiting team rankings. Based on the prospects signed, Kentucky’s class of recruits is considered better than Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

Rivals.com ranks all of the Division I NCAA football recruiting classes and for the first time in memory, the football Wildcats are No. 1.

The same school that went 2-10 last year has somehow put its program at the top of the list for potential recruits.

No, it’s not stadium renovations, more parking, TV coverage or a steeped tradition of being a NFL feeder program. The reason, quite simply, is a new coaching staff led by Stoops and the fan base of the Big Blue Nation.

The kicker for Stoops and his team was that the spring game drew more than 50,000 fans and that was the second best fan attendance in all of college football for a spring game this year. Fan support is a key factor for blue chip athletes coming out of high school and so is playing time. That is something most programs coming off a 2-10 season have to offer top recruits.

Congratulations to the UK football program, Coach Stoops and to the Big Blue Nation. This should be a fun season in Commonwealth Stadium.

If the players live up to the hype, the Wildcat football team could have many successful seasons ahead.

Project Fit America. It’s in our best interest to teach children the life-impacting benefits of being physically fit. Making healthy choices in activities and at the dinner table is a skill that can be taught to kids and their parents. In this hustle, bustle world, all too often time becomes the highest priority rather than health.

For the HMH Foundation to invest manpower, revenue and effort into helping the children of Hardin County embrace healthy choices as a priority, is more than just commendable, it is paramount to our future.

The program will be launched at Lakewood Elementary School and we thank the Project Fit organization, HMH and the Elizabethtown Dolphins for making it happen.

Kids Fair equals Kids’ Fun. The future of Hardin County rests with the children of our communities, and if the Children’s Fair is a glimpse into the future, Hardin County will be a fun and vibrant place to be.

The fair drew its biggest crowd ever June 15 in Freeman Lake Park and a big thank you should be extended to all of the organizers and sponsors, with special recognition to the Heart of Kentucky Realtors who have been the primary sponsor since the day the organization created the event 17 years ago.

Local businesses participated with booths that offered games, prizes and face painting for our future leaders. There was a vast amount of free information and literature available to parents from local businesses, organizations and schools. The “icing on the cake” was that it was all free and it always has been.

Thank you to the HKAR, all the sponsors and participating businesses and volunteers. You made a difference in these young lives and should be proud of that.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.