PORTLAND – The Corbett Middle School football team will hold a party at the restaurant Hooters despite protests from some parents and faculty members, the Oregonian reports.
The head coach of the 7th and 8th grade football team, Randy Burbach, scheduled an end-of-year celebration at the controversial restaurant, according to a letter issued by the school’s athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet.
Soulagnet sent a letter to players’ families, explaining why the event was taking place.
“I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening and asked him to move the event to a different venue,” Soulagnet said in the letter. “He was unyielding and emphatically said no for a number of reasons. As a school district and athletic department, we do not support nor condone the decision to hold an end of season celebration at Hooter’s for any of our teams.”
Soulagnet said the party was no longer considered a school event. One football player’s family so far has said they will not attend the party at Hooter’s, which bills itself as “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” and is known for the skimpy attire worn by its waitstaff.
“Some might say that this restaurant objectifies women. I would tend to agree,” Soulagnet said. “It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”
Read the full letter HERE