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LETTER: I Love Kellogg

| August 4, 2022 12:00 PM

I was born and raised in the Silver Valley and it will always be home to me. As our world goes through challenging times with the economy, hate, crime, or whatever personal challenges we face, it is nice when we witness the great things that a small community can display.

This last weekend, it was so refreshing to see the Kellogg community rally together to make SilverHoops a huge success. I used to help run the 3-on-3 tournament in Pinehurst roughly 20 years ago. Running events like this takes a lot of people and hours to pull an event of this magnitude off.

It was extremely hot this past weekend and the volunteers were great. It was great to see guys like my fellow Wildcat Alum Cory Lewis giving up his weekend to help out anyway he could with the wide variety of sport injuries that come with a 3-on-3 tournament. Other guys like Nathan Wendt or Jeff Colburn also gave up their weekend to help keep things running smoothly, and also contained parents who believe these games are life or death for their son or daughter. So, kudos to them for extinguishing many fires and emotional flare-ups throughout the weekend.

I also saw groups of young kids walking around picking up garbage, and I believe they were associated with a local church. These young people demonstrated a great way to help the community and teach others about giving back to their community. I know the Kellogg Boys Basketball Program also helped provide court monitors to the tournament. I also heard that the Wallace and Mullan pools provided life guards so the Kellogg pool could open. (My daughter sure appreciated these people!) I only mentioned a few people but there were too many people to name, who helped make this tournament a great event.

Like I said in the beginning of this letter, we have a lot of bad going on in this world but let's celebrate how Kellogg rallied together to pull off an amazing weekend! Kudos to the whole community. I am so proud to call this my hometown.


KHS Class of 1998