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Basketball player sets example with character

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Updated: July 22, 2013 4:53PM



We may not get to watch him play any more, or see him for a quick “Hi,” but Robbie Hummel still holds a very special place in our hearts — not because of his outstanding basketball skills, but because of the outstanding example he is to youngsters, and even adults.

His recent basketball camp for future players was filled to capacity, and every kid there went away with far more than basketball skills. Hummel actually visited with the camp attendees, and with his demeanor, they learned that being a humble, caring individual is far more lasting and important than any sports skill.

Although we are more college basketball fans than NBA fans, I guarantee that whatever team Hummel plays for will be our favorite team, just because it includes our favorite player.

Thanks for being the best example parents can use for their children, Robbie. We hope your future is as classy as you are. You are my pet person of the week.

Want to go to the dogs — whoops, the Dawgz?

This volunteer group offers young basketball players the opportunity to enhance their academic abilities as well as their athletic skills by providing many tournaments to increase their competitive edge.

For high school juniors and seniors, Dawgz provides exposure to colleges to give them the chance to earn scholarships. Their teams travel to various areas to play the game they love, while displaying their capabilities.

To help with the costs, as well as provide scholarships for their players, the group is hosting an event at Martini’s (1004 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso) from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

The evening includes an all-you-can-eat buffet (thanks to Martini’s), music by Chad Clifford (of the Crawpuppies) and Mike Moore (of Digital Hair), and a special musical appearance by Mayor Jon Costas, as well as an auction, raffles, and door prizes.

The cost is $10 if you make your reservation online at indianadawgz.com or $15 at the door. If you would like to donate, please call Jeff at 916-1102.

Then on Saturday, just a reminder, drive over to Sunset Hill Farm at the corner of Route 6 and Meridian and spend the day at the “Livin’ It Up” event hosted by Porter County Special Olympics which will be swinging with 10 bands playing throughout the day, vendors vying for your dollars, Leroy’s beer tent, lots of food and fun, topped off by an ultimate fireworks display at dusk.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Each carload is only $10, and your ticket includes an opportunity to win a 32-inch TV, White Sox tickets or a $100 Aberdeen Golf Course gift card, and you can come and go as often as you like.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please call 465-1323, and we’ll gladly deliver them to you.

Our daughter Cheryl, who lives in Colorado, and about whom I wrote recently when she had a double mastectomy, asked me to include a note from her in this column:

“A heartfelt thank-you to family, friends and strangers throughout my Indiana home. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the news was immediately shared with family, and, with the many prayers for guidance, strength, and comfort, I knew I was not alone.

“As it was shared with others, many of whom were ‘strangers’ to me, more support was offered and accepted. How amazing it is that good thoughts and prayers are so readily given, and each was a source of comfort.

“My mom’s column gives me the chance to say thank you from the depths of my soul to you wonderful ‘strangers’ for every person, every church group whose prayers still keep me warm. Everyone faces personal burdens, and prayers allow us to reach out to each other.

“For those who suffer, know you are prayer-hugged every day. There is more to be done, and it is possible and positive, I’m sure. Hugs to all of you, and an extra hug to my parents for their goodness and love.”

I know many of you can relate to Cheryl’s words in your own life, and know you are prayer-hugged. We also sincerely thank everyone who keeps others in their thoughts and prayers.

Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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