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Burros Looking to Play at L-W East, Providence

After the Mokena Park District parted ways with the Mokena Burros, the youth football and cheer organization has found new places to play.

Following the loss of their field and a barrage of rumors and miscommunication, the Mokena Burros are moving forward with new places to play football in 2012.

At a Burros Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, athletic director Sal Della Fave said both and have offered their varsity fields to the youth football organization.

Earlier this year, the decided it would not rent football fields to the Burros. The two organizations discussed an agreement but nothing ever materialized. Early in March, the Burros announced an agreement with the Meijer Corporation to use a vacant development at Route 30 and Wolf Road.

Some parents , but Burros board president Joe Lentz said that was never the case. Instead, the Meijer lot will be used primarily for practices and that will still be the arrangement now that the Burros have other opportunities.

Fave said Lincoln-Way East offered a couple of dates to the Burros, and Providence Catholic would provide its field any Saturday needed. Four of the Saturdays offered would be available any time and two would require a later start.

“We’ll have to sit down and discuss it,” Fave said. “But I think we’ll utilize both.”

Lentz said the youth league will release schedule dates in May, at which point the Burros will work with the schools to determine when and where its games will be held.

He said he was hopeful the Burros could work out an agreement with the Park District, but the district did not reciprocate those feelings. According to previous articles, the Park District would not rent fields to the Burros after the group returned an affiliation agreement edited with changes the district did not agree to.

That follows , including one incident last season where a coach was disciplined for throwing a child to the ground and calling him insulting names.

"At this time, we feel it's not in our best interest to affiliate ourselves with the Burros organization," Park District Director Jim Romanek said in a previous article.

But Lentz said Tuesday that the incident never happened, and he was hoping to get past the miscommunication that has occurred. The board talked about drafting a fact sheet that would explain what has occurred and what the situation is for the coming season.

Pat Patrick April 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Everyone involved with Mokena Baseball and softball take not and photos of the drinking and terrible conduct at those games. Lets see how the park district reacts to that. It happens ALL THE TIME.
Dorothy April 18, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Here's an idea, Patch. Do some actual reporting and call the schools and ask for verification on whether this is true or not. Otherwise, all you are doing is stirring up trouble with unsubstantiated claims.
Rick Lathus April 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we all got along and hosted a Burros vs. Griffens charity football game to help Mokena schools!! Just like Red vs. Blue... Oh sorry, they are adults who must work together to make it right!!
parent April 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Of course we are the one's that have a twisted view of reality. All part of your spin campaign you are the one's that have been lying about much of everything going on from the beginning but that's ok right because it is in the past. Is that what you teach your kids it does not matter what you do in life because at some point it will be in the past. People who don't know the past are doomed to repeat it again in the future. You are supposed to learn from the past not ignore it so yes you are naive
Alan Vanderbilt April 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Looks at yourselfs ..I dont have a kid playing there but afterreading both sides i am glad I dont have a child over there. you are all pathetic...

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