Athletes Worry Rezoning With Split Sports Teams

Knoxville (WVLT) - Rezoning has been on parents' minds all week, but with the weekend comes sporting events. So how do they fear re-zoning might effect athletics?

Our Whitney Daniel spent the evening at several different match-ups and has more on what parents are saying.

Much like parents don't want to see communities split up, they say they don't want to see their kids' teams split up either. However, coaches are putting in their two cents, saying they hope all athletes will remain competitive and work hard no matter what jersey they wear.

"It's really going to affect the athletics at most schools," Karns parent Cindy Martin said.

With many parents upset over a county-wide re-zoning proposal, coaches say they hope students will keep a "can-do" attitude on the playing field.

"I hope that they'll have that attitude that nothing's going to stop them," Karns track coach Derek Witt said.

But with a brand-new high school comes growing pains, and parents worry about athletic success.

"It's going to be hard to field any varsity teams. When the school opens, there aren't going to be many juniors and seniors there," Martin said.

Karns parents say they worry about having to start over at their school.

"Karns has been such a rural county, it's just now building up," Karns parent Cindy Vanosdale said.

The new rezoning takes about one-thousand kids out of Karns.

"I think it's going to affect Karns the most because they're taking so many kids from Karns. I think Farragut will still be strong," Martin said.

Farragut soccer mom, Rebecca Greene says her son wouldn't be where he is today without the support of his teammates.

"It would really put a damper on sports in general because, first of all, you're going to be splitting up teams," Greene said.

And while many parents have brought up the issue of dividing communities, parents with kids who play sports say a team is like their own little community.

"These kids have been playing with each other for many years and they're used to their playing styles and when you split a team up like that, certainly you hurt the team and hurt their performance as a team," Greene said.

Of course, nothing's set in stone just yet. There will be several meetings next week for parents to voice concerns and ask questions about the proposal.

Here's a list of upcoming meetings and their sponsors:

Thomas Deakins
April 23, 6:00 p.m.
Farragut High School Auditorium

Cindy Buttry
April 24 6:30 p.m.
Karns High School Auditorium

Rex Stooksbury
April 24 6:30 p.m.
Powell High School Auditorium

Indya Kincannon
April 25 7:00 p.m.
Fulton High School Auditorium


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