Letter: A big thanks for a new sport

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

On July 20-21, the paintball community of Juneau experienced an organized, safe and successful paintball scenario game.

This event consisted of about 60 or so people, who gave up their weekend to be in the woods and have a chance to be a kid again. As a member of this community, I would like to give a huge thanks to some key role players that organized this event.

First off, I would like to thank Mike Anderson (the man behind the dream) for all his hard work and dedication (and creativity) that he put forth to get this scenario game off the ground. Without you, Mike, we couldn't have made this thing happen. Let's hope that this can open some doors to more people to accept "organized" paintball as a recreational sport.

I would also like to thank Will Tonsgard Sr. for allowing us to use his property to hold this event. We need more people like you sir. I would also like to thank one of the largest and most established paintball manufacturers in the world, Kingman International Corp., for donating its products as prizes.

On a local scale I would also like to thank two of the newest paintball businesses - The Scuba Tank and Wildfire Paintball - for donating their resources and products, Odom Corporation for the sodas, Micah Sommers, Aaron Cook, Ken Lea and anyone else who volunteered their time to this.

I believe that events like this can be the foundation for the acceptance of paintball as a safe, organized, and fun recreational sport. I look forward to the future of paintball in Juneau. (Editor's note: For more information on local paintball activities on the Web, go to http://www.Juneaupaintball.com.)

Jess Lujan


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