You hit the target with your article on Keven Allen. [In so many words, thanks coach, Brad Spencer, April 14] He is a treasure in our community.

We were so fortunate to be directed to him as my kids were interested in track. My 10-year-old girl has had the incredible experience of being coached by him. Every communication is positive. Not only does he coach track, but he coaches an inspirational approach to life in a subtle way, by example. Furthermore, his attitude of inclusion and support clearly gets picked up by his runners. As my daughter has said, everyone treats each other nicely on his team because that is what he does and that is what he expects.

Coach Allen is living and giving the Oak Park experience of diversity, encouragement and support that we all want our kids to have. Thank you for giving him well-deserved credit.

Julie Blankemeier
Oak Park

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