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by Nick Vitrano

There is an undeniable purity that exists on the high school playing field, unlike that which you will find anywhere else in athletic competition. No paycheck. No guarantees. No endorsement deals. No names on the backs of the jerseys. It's pure, unadulterated, love of the game that drives the high school athlete. Perhaps therein lies the greatest source of pride for all of us who cheer them on.

As the weather turns (sort of...it's still pretty toasty out there), so too do our thoughts back-to-school and back to the logo, a return to that font of pride.

Many will compete in relative obscurity, save their families who caravan to a golf course 30 miles away to run the dew covered course with their cross country son or daughter. Many will compete under the Friday night lights for the entire town. But regardless who may witness the spectacle, this much is true: the logo and the school colors forever live in the hearts of those who compete and in the souls of we who root for their triumph.

For those who have reached exhaustion with the big business of professional and collegiate sports, welcome back.