The second annual Sunnyside 3-on-3 Summer Jam was a huge
success! We are growing in participants and next year look to move into
This year's tournament had three corporate sponsors: the
Port of Sunnyside, The Valley's Market and U.S. Bank. Other sponsors were Pizza
Hut, Bierlink Construction, Les Schwab Tire Center, Benton REA Power Net, Mid
Valley Mall, A&W/KFC, Sunny Spot Restaurant, Daily Buzz Deli, Re-Max First
Advantage, Wal-Mart, Perfect Printing, Pepsi Cola Bottle Corp., Horizon, Bob's
Drive Inn, Kiwanis of Sunnyside, C Speck Motors, TJ's Refrigeration and
Sunnyside's Promise. All of you made this event possible and we thank you very
Also, the community needs to acknowledge the people who came
out and volunteered and worked during the two blistering days, monitoring and
setting up the tournament. Those individuals were Vernita Coffey, Sandra
Abaricio, Kathy Corliss, M'Liss Bierlink, Ken Bierlink, Kurtis Bierlink, Joe
Gutierrez, Lino Guerra, James Sanchez, Micheal Sanchez, Crystal Carpino, Jaymee
Arevelo, Martin Sanchez, Monica Pacheco, Lupe Vidaurri, Victoria Sarmiento,
Devina Martinez, Melissa Caballero, Noe Zamarron, David Palomarez and Jason
Aguilar. Without the efforts of those individuals, the tournament would never
have been possible.
All teams played with the competitiveness that we love to
see. Everyone was for the most part well behaved, which lets us believe we
could continue to have these tournaments for years to come.
Anyone interested in volunteering and helping monitor the
courts, or be on the committee for next year's 3-on-3 Summer Jam, can contact
the Chamber of Commerce. I had a great time putting this tournament together
and hope all participants enjoyed themselves.
/s/ Lino Gutierrez, Sunnyside
When I began running cross country my freshman year of high
school, I met several runners who I looked up to—Angela Talarico from
Eisenhower, Mike Heidt from Selah, who is now one of my teammates at WSU, and
Jonathon Hickey from Hanford High School.
Jonathon worked hard and by his senior year had won two
state titles. He is not only a talented runner, but also a wonderful person. He
received an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington (poor guy) and
has had two successful years there. This spring he noticed a small cyst on his
scalp, and after a minor medical procedure to have it removed, found it to be a
rare cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. After a long and painful
surgery the cancer was removed and after several weeks Jon is now running at
full strength again.
This life changing experience has prompted him to organize a
5K run/kids mile to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It will be
held at Columbia Park in Kennewick on Saturday, Aug. 14.
I consider Jon a good running buddy, so I am excited to be
running in honor of my grandmother, Iris Kellogg, who died of ovarian cancer
when I was nine years old. I think running to fight cancer is the ultimate and
I would love to see some community members running in the race.
For more information, registration forms and Jonathon's
story, go on-line to: www.tri-citiesrac.com.
Live strong and run happy!
/s/ Isley Gonzalez, Sunnyside