Waitlisted Athlete's Parents Ask Officials for Help
Kinnelon councilman feels all kids should have the opportunity to play sports.
Kinnelon resident Scott Seraphin knows he missed the deadline for registering his son for the Kinnelon Recreation Department's fall sports program.
But when he found out his son would now have to be on a waitlist until a spot opens up, he decided to approach borough officials.
Seraphin asked Kinnelon Council members if anything could be done to allow his son to participate in the fall program. Familiar with his situation, Councilman Jim Freda, the council's Recreation Commission liaison, said he agreed with Seraphin's cause.
"I don't believe that any child in this town should not be afforded an opportunity to play a sport," he said. "I whole-heartedly feel there should not be a waitlist in this town."
Freda said four kids were waitlisted, including Seraphin's son, from a sport with four teams. Councilman Andrew SanFilippo suggested each team increase by one player, however, Freda said the Recreation Commission did not agree to increase the number of players on the teams.
Uniforms are ordered in advance for the players which is why pre-registration is required, Freda said. But Freda said Seraphin was not only willing to pay whatever cost is necessary for his son's uniform, but offered to buy the uniforms for all four of the waitlisted kids.
"I'm a firm believer in deadlines," Mayor Robert Collins told Seraphin and council members.
But Collins agreed that at least in this situation, perhaps the waitlist should be waived.
"I will ask that the Recreation Commission please reconsider their decision," he said.
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