During the many, many door-knocks and corner standouts during this campaign, I have been reminded more times than I count about the big beating heart that is this community. Loud sustained honks, victory salutes and ‘Go get him Champ’ have been happily ringing in my ears throughout the campaign.
It made me think about my community and how much it has meant to me my whole life. It also made me think about gratitude, an expression that normally waits for the end of a winning campaign.
And it made me think about loyalty and this community, which then made me think about Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark.
September 29th would have been our 3rd annual Kraig Diggs Dodgeball Tournament to raise scholarship funds for college-bound Cape Cod students. The pandemic put this year’s event on hold, but our family will never forget how Pat embraced us after we lost Kraig four years ago and happily embraced our tournament.
The pandemic put this year’s event on hold, but our family will never forget how Pat embraced us after we lost Kraig four years ago and happily embraced our tournament.
“It has been a privilege to work with this team over the past two years to honor a young man who exemplified Red Raider Pride,” Pat wrote in a letter to me dated October 15, 2019. “Kraig was always positive in the classroom, hallways and on the playing fields, bringing joy to all,” he wrote. ”Celebrating Kraig’s life by raising scholarship monies for the youth of Cape Cod continues his pay-it-forward spirit we all came to know and love.”
Pat concluded by thanking me for “my great leadership’ on creating an event that makes college more affordable for Cape Cod youth, but Pat left out the part where he picked up my family and made the event possible. That is leadership. And that is loyalty. And we owe him no less.
And of course he signed it with the final greeting – “Have a Red Raider Day.” Thank you, my friend.