Dear Sun Spots: When I was in high school in the 30s there was a poem printed on the walls of the Deering gym. I like the poem and once knew all of it. Now it escapes me. I would be delighted if you could find the whole thing. It began: “Dear Lord, in the battle for goes on for life, I ask but a field that is fair, a chance that is equal for all in the strife.”

I played basketball and spent many hours in the gym under Ann McKetchne. Junior year we were undefeated and senior year lost only one game. That was 1935 (we were peppy and alive).

I went on to Bates and we only played intramural teams, Black and Garnet. I do not remember that we ever played Lewiston High, but we did Bath and Cony. Those were good years and the women were included in the D Club, that included all varsity letter winners in all sports.

I am enjoying the Lewiston paper especially Sun Spots. – Eleanor Smart Parker, Auburn.

Sun Spots located the poem “The Prayer of a Sportsman” author unknown, on various Web sites.

Dear Lord, in the battle that goes on through life

I ask for a field that is fair

A chance that is equal to all in the strife

The courage to strive and to dare.

If I should win, let it be by the code

With my faith and my honor held high.

But if I should lose, let me stand by the road

And cheer as the winners go by.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you find out if there is going to be a summer Books Are Fun sale this summer in the Lewiston-Auburn area? In the past, it has been in Sabattus in June. Thanks again for your amazing column. – Margaret, Strong.

Answer: At time of publication, we have not received a response from the Books Are Fun contact person about fundraisers in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Central Maine Medical Center held a Books Are Fun fundraiser at the end of April to benefit their Employee Financial Assistance Fund and will have a second sale from Monday to Wednesday, Nov. 16 to 18. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby at 60 High St.

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