The Utah Grizzlies have been interacting with the community in a positive way in February.
The Grizzlies just finished Military Weekend with games against the Alaska Aces last week. Lieutenant Colonel David G. Shoemaker, the Commander of the: 421st Fighter Squadron, 388th Operations Group, 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base dropped the puck to start the game.
Earlier, Utah players visited veterans at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City.
On Saturday, the Grizzlies lost to the Aces but raised an all-time high of $20,950 in the post-game jersey auction with all proceeds going to fight breast cancer in Utah during their "Pink in the Rink" game.
Evan Stoflet's jersey raised $3,250 to lead the team.
All Jazzed up
The Utah Jazz will celebrate 30 years of the Jr. Jazz program with Jr. Jazz Night on when the team hosts the Atlanta Hawks at EnergySolutions Arena.
In 1983, 7,133 kids participated in the program; in 2013, more than 55,000 are involved, making it the NBA's largest and longest-running youth league.
The program has welcomed over 1.3 million participants and 350,000 volunteers in 30 years.
We note the passing of L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss last week at age 80. He was born Gerald Hatten Buss in Salt Lake City. ...
As the NFL combine gets revved up, keep an eye out for five guys with Utah ties: Utah State cornerback Will Davis, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, Utah defensive end Joe Kruger, BYU linebacker Ziggy Ansah, and BYU offensive lineman Braden Brown. ...
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will offer a record $100,000 purse today when the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour comes to Texas. Among the entries are 2007 world champ Wesley Silcox of Santaquin, Tag Elliott of Thatcher, Travis Atkinson of Lehi, Tim Bingham of Honeyville, Joe Frost of Randlett, Chris Roundy of Spanish Fork, and Steve Woolsey of Payson. ...
Today is the Utah Junior Golf Association's annual sign-up day at the Thanksgiving Point clubhouse from 9 a.m. to noon. Membership forms will be available on the UJGA website on Monday. ...
Looking ahead, the USA State Senior Boxing Tournament will be next Friday and Saturday at Foley's Gym in Ogden. fights start at 7 p.m. each night.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261.