I agree with columnist Ellis Henican's criticism of Ann Coulter's misguided statement about soccer: "Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay" ["Don't red-card the World Cup," News, June 29].

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I had the pleasure of coaching children's soccer in my community. This has given me the opportunity to watch young boys and girls develop into outstanding young men and women. The players learned, through soccer and other sports, the value of hard work, competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, victory and defeat. Moreover, lifelong friendships were created.

Wayne Harris, Old Bethpage