Hope and Football

After reading yet another story about how Portsmouth, Ohio, is the so-called “Pill-Mill of America” (which makes no sense because the “pill-mills” have been shut down…)I pitched an idea to an editor at 100 Days in Appalachia.

There’s a football stadium in Portsmouth that once once home to an NFL team called the Portsmouth Spartans. The stadium has seen better days, but recently has become a site of renewal for some people in the community. A group is working to renovate the stadium, a rally against heroin was held there last March, and semi-pro football team has been playing games there.

The story is this: here is a place that is facing some serious challenges and not in denial of their existence. But here is also something else: grassroots organizing.