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Many Hamilton County schools cope with inadequate or missing athletic facilities

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Athletic boosters maintain that there are as many lessons to be learned on the field as in the classroom. Yet the long-standing practice in Hamilton County Schools has left individuals and communities largely on their own when it comes to footing the bill for sports.

Take the cases of Soddy-Daisy High and East Hamilton Middle-High, some 25 years apart. For the past few years, parents have been raising money for a baseball field at East Hamilton Middle-High, where team members now must travel across the county for practice and games. Parents say the field and other athletic facilities should have been built along with the school, which opened in 2009.

"I just think schools should be built completely, and that includes athletic facilities. They're utilized every single day by kids. It's part of the school. It's part of the community," said East Hamilton parent Ashlie Henderson, who has worked for years to raise money for facilities and supplies.

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