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JSA's President Gilmour gives season-ending thanks

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

As our season winds down and tournaments have come and gone, 2009 will go down in the books as one of the driest, and therefore, most enjoyable on record.

What a beautiful summer, so warm that we even had a few complaints about the heat. Though those were drawn in as quickly as they came out as we didn't want to jinx ourselves.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to our tournament and team sponsors who help the Juneau Sports Association accomplish its goals.

Dedicated sponsors help this program move forward each year. Longtime sponsors such as Parts Plus, Pat's Douglas Inn, Taku Oil Sales, Kappler Computers, Alaska Litho, Imperial Bar, Merchant's Wharf, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Island Pub, SE Mine Supply, First National Bank Alaska, Wee Fishie Shoppe, GCI, Lynden Transport, Foodland, Powell Realty, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Reliable Oil, Auke Bay Electric and many more that don't come to mind right now are what we rely on to get us onto the fields each year.

This year, Play It Again, JRC, The Alaska Club, Marlintini's, Bullwinkles and Alaskan Outdoor Wearhouse generously sponsored the Capital City Coed and Rainball Tournaments, which enable us to offer a first-class event to local and visiting teams.

An additional thank you goes to advertiser and team sponsor Taku Oil Sales and Services, who has been supporting softball in Juneau for 30-plus years. Thanks to Nugget Alaskan Outfitters for their generosity and well wishes.

Local businesses are the base of sponsorship and support for all sports in Juneau. We could not play and enjoy our outdoor activities without their ongoing donations, and our existence relies on the generosity of small and large businesses alike, and our community members.

Thank you to the Advisory Board Members, and the players and coaches of the Juneau Sports Association. We run on volunteer energy and that energy is sapped each year, but it never seems to be completely drained.

One really big round of applause goes to our Executive Director, Butch Carber, Men's Classification President, Jason Troupin and the Sports Editor of the Juneau Empire for ensuring this weekly spread got to you each week.

The section was fun, informational and looked forward to each week by players and fans alike.

Last - but ever present for us - are the CBJ Parks Maintenance Crew. Jonathan, Larry, Scott, Tony and rest of the boys of summer keep the fields in great shape, even with our very challenging conditions. They are helpful, patient and always have solutions due to interference from Mother Nature.

Please visit us online at www.juneausoftball.com for updates to our scheduled events, contests, local and outside tournament information, and all your softball information needs.

Thank you to everyone who makes it possible for us to play in the dirt.

Traci Gilmour

President

Juneau Sports Association



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