Following Pincher Creek Mustangs awards ceremony at the conclusion of their wrap up party on Sunday November 8, coach Dan Crawford took to the stage and delivered a tribute to Mustangs leading lady Faith Zachar. The Mustangs completed their 20th season this year, and Zachar has been at the head of the organization the whole time.
Following Crawford's speech. excerpted below, former and current Mustangs presented Zachar with gifts and 20 yellow roses, one for each year of Pincher Creek Mustangs Football. The respect, admiration, and genuine and deep affection that generations of Mustangs have for Faith was very evident.
"It starts with a thought, and idea, a little tiny peek into the future that inspires you to make a difference," said Dan Crowford at the beginning of his speech, after directing Faith, apparently unsuspecting of what was to come, to a comfortable chair on the stage. "How big is that difference? You will never know until you take that first step. Over twenty years ago, long before many of you were born, a lady wanted to make a difference for her son and his friends. Now I'm not going to say it was easy, and I'm not going to say it was all fun, but twenty years ago this season, the very first Pincher Creek Mustangs team hit the field. Every detail from what to call this organization, to what colour of jerseys do we need to purchase to field the team had to be decided. Can we join a league? Who do we have to contact about insurance? Will anyone come out to coach? How many footballs do we need to purchase? The list goes on and on and on," said Dan.
|Mustangs memorabilia from Faith Zachar's 20 year collection on display at banquet|
"Mustang football is not just for the players. We as coaches and parents are allowed to watch from the sidelines of your lives as you learn who you are and begin to grow into the responsible young adults you will become. Our hope is that we've made a difference."
|More Mustangs memorabilia|
Faith was invited up to the stage, and was presented with gifts and flowers as Mustangs, former and current, joined the stage and members of the audience and press took photographs of the impressive assembly.
|Mustangs celebrate Faith Zachar|
Stay tuned for our upcoming story about this year's Mustangs awards.