Medford (OnFocus) – At a time when social distancing limitations are keeping spectators from watching their favorite local sports in-person, local businesses are helping to keep athletes and their fans connected – virtually. A longtime supporter of local sports streaming, Forward Bank is continuing its commitment to local athletes and their communities through sports streaming sponsorships through OnFocus Sports this year.
“High School sports is another important layer in the educational experience in our communities,” said Jennifer Sobotta, Forward. “Participating in local sports programs teach valuable lessons about teamwork and being driven to succeed. These are lessons that develop future leaders and quality community members – they keep our towns going.”
In Medford, Forward is the key sponsor for the school’s five upcoming swim meets – all of which are not able to accommodate spectators due to social distancing limitations. Watching the stream online is how parents and classmates will be able to cheer on their teams. It’s the unifying spirit of local sports that makes them important to the fabric of any community.
“Rallying around our local high school athletes brings a sense of pride to the community. It maintains connections between family members – some that may have moved away. It is an anchor point for graduates to look back to and celebrate,” said Sobotta. “We hope that the student athletes can have the best season possible with the support of the entire community. Even with the current uncertainties, we stand with you cheering you on!”
During the COVID pandemic, Forward has also sought to support local communities in other unique ways.
“Looking beyond large capital giving projects – Forward is proud to join other businesses in the community to show support for the FFA and FFA Alumni when they distributed dairy products at the beginning of the COVID safer at home order, to stand bidding as young 4H and FFA students auction the animals they worked so hard to raise, to support any of our local charities through our CMMA program each year,” said Sobotta.
Medford’s first home swim meet is tentatively scheduled for September 1, vs Merrill.
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