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One young man offers hope for the future

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

On Saturday, the Arizona Silver Belt fielded a team at the Wounded Warrior Project softball tournament at the Globe Community Center. We lost our first two games pretty badly, but we did show improvement in the second game and then won our third game to avoid a last-place finish out of 11 teams.

But I’m not here just to rehash what happened. I want to publicly thank Dennis Hull, a senior at Miami High School, for having the drive and the passion and the ingenuity to not only come up with the idea for the tournament, but to follow through and put on a well-run, fun tournament.

Dennis obviously has much respect for our veterans, and he put on this tournament to raise awareness and money for the veterans who have been either physically, mentally or emotionally injured serving our country. He gave a moving, touching speech at the Globe Veterans Day ceremony, telling the story of a heroic Navy veteran who lost all four limbs because of a land mine explosion.

In addition to Dennis, there were countless other youth at the tournament, selling bean burros, umpiring games, keeping score, etc. Local Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Jared Doss was also there with some of his most recent recruits, and they helped out in any way they could.

I think I can speak for the Silver Belt team, and the other 10 teams, when I say we had a great time Saturday, thanks to Dennis and all the other teen volunteers who donated their time for the greater good. Too often we hear negative things about today’s youth, which I’m sure are the same things adults have been saying forever. But as long as we have people like Dennis leading the way, our future looks bright.

Christmas musical

This Saturday, the Copper Cities Community Players will present their Christmas musical, “A Centennial Christmas,” at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m.; the 7 p.m. performance will be preceded by an evening Gala at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the matinee and $25 for the 7 p.m. show.

While I made my acting debut in the Community Players’ last production, “Is He Dead?” I will make my stage writing debut with “A Centennial Christmas.” During a practice for “Is He Dead?” director JoNell Brantley commented to me that she enjoyed my editorials in the paper. I then opened my big mouth and said I’d like to write more, which led to me writing 11 short-ish monologues that will be incorporated into the Christmas musical.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that my monologues are great, and that you should go see the musical on Saturday because of them. I’ve only ever written things for people to read, not say loud in front of an audience, so I can’t vouch for the monologues’ quality. But I can guarantee that the Christmas musical will be a good show and you’ll have a good time. The Community Players, even the young ones, take their work seriously and are committed to making sure ticket buyers get their money’s worth.

You can get your tickets by visiting the Center for the Arts at 101 N. Broad St. or by calling 425-0884.

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