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Help them trot the globe

Dear Editor:

I recently became aware of a wonderful program that benefits the young men in our community. Seventeen young men are hoping to play basketball across Europe in the spring of 2011 with the Aspen Basketball Academy. I know one of these young men and he is looking forward to this opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyles of other young people of the same age in France, Germany and Austria.

Unfortunately, due to the economy, some of these young men will not be able to go without assistance. So they, along with their families and help from coach Steve Ketchum and his wife Mardi, are spearheading an energetic fundraising campaign. So far they have had a huge yard sale and took part in local Ducky Derby sales. Today they will have a golf tournament at the Aspen Golf Course. Show up there at 9 a.m. if you want to enjoy a beautiful day – they’re taking walk-ons!

The final push will come with a benefit event next Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Wheeler Opera House. Most of the basketball players themselves will be onstage at the Wheeler for one musical number, following performances by some of the former Crystal Palace staff, and current members of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. If you have ever been to see the Crystal Palace Players or the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue you know how hilarious this evening will be!

Also performing will be the Derek Brown Band and the Broccoli Brothers. The tickets are only $22, which I think is cheap compared to all the talent we will be experiencing. Come show your support to these aspiring Globe Trotters!

Lisa Sarver

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