Awards Honor Tillman's Memory

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Pat Tillman's life is often celebrated through the Pat Tillman Foundation and the annual Pat's Run held in both Tempe and San Jose, Calif.

Recently a new tribute to the former Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals football player was founded.

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Pat Tillman

It is the Pat Tillman Community Leadership Award sponsored by The Leadership Consortium (TLC).

The 2007 winners will be presented at the KTAR Linking Sports and Communities Awards Banquet, Sept. 24, 2007.

Individuals eligible for the award include professional, amateur or student athletes or those who work in sports-related organization or industry.

Also, students, 12 and older, are eligible for nomination.

State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Horne has endorsed the award. "I am honored to be associated with this event, which recognizes the achievements of outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to service to others, are resolute in their personal convictions, and are great role models for their peers," he said. "It is my hope that parents, educators and friends will consider nominating worthy students for this honor."

The criteria for selection of the winners includes:

  • Has put service to others above personal gain.
  • Has demonstrated courage in his/her convictions.
  • Serves as an excellent role model for youth.
  • Is committed to equal opportunity for all regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation.

Organizations eligible for nomination include professional or amateur sports organizations or nonprofit youth organizations.

The organization criteria includes:

  • Has encouraged student athletes to stay in school, become financially literate or pursue health lifestyles.
  • Has provided mentorship for youth.
  • Has actively promoted partnerships among sports organizations and the community.

Nominations are being accepted through June 1, 2007, and nomination forms are available from the Arizona Department of Education Web site: www.ade.az.gov. Click on the link for the "2007 Pat Tillman Awards" in the Hot Topics section of the Web site.

Barrels and poles

Payson Parks and Recreation Department is now hosting the 7D barrel and pole bending events that have proven popular the past several summers.

The 7D events, which began May 2, are scheduled for Wednesday evenings until July 25 at the Payson Event Center.

Some dates could be changed, due to holidays or special events, coordinator Charlene Hunt said.

Books open at 5:30 p.m. and there is an entry fee of $5 per event. Competition begins at 6:30 p.m. at the PEC.

"This series will be a 7D format, where you will compete against time and not age groups," Hunt said.

At the conclusion of the series, awards will be presented.

Call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Senior slow-pitch softball

Are you 60 or older? Then come out for slow-pitch softball and get some exercise.

The Payson Cougars practice Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. at Rumsey Park 2. All skill levels are welcome.

For more information, call Skip at (928) 472-2882.

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