Pete's Ponderings-May 4
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  05/04/2009

Now ole Pete has been to a county fair, a rodeo and a hoe down, but none of them compare to the shebang I went to in the Pan Am Center. There were no games being played or concerts going on. It was the annual New Mexico State Athletic Department Spring Picnic, and let me tell you it was a blast. Every year since Dr. McKinley Boston has been in charge the Aggie staff, players and coaches get together to eat, dance, and have as much fun as they can in two hours and it wasn’t just hot dogs and ice cream neither.


Boston and James Hall handed out the end of the year awards for the things that are important. The things the athletes do every year for those in our community. Helping kids, reading to old folks and doing whatever is needed by those in our town. I know these things don’t normally make the headlines you see, but read on and you’ll find out that there is more to NM State’s athletic department than free throws and home runs.


For the second year in a row, Kathy Rodolph’s softball team donated the most hours of service in our town. There was a horse race for this honor. That is the type of thing that makes you swell up with pride when you see teams trying to be the best in terms of helping others. The award for the most improved team in public service went to DeWayne Walker’s football team. They went from way back in the pack to a top contender for the honor. The swim team’s nationally ranked academic prowess was feted again, number two in the whole nation for WAC Coach of the Year Rick Pratt.


The final recognition of the night was the awarding of the Bullock Award of Excellence. Twin brothers Joe and Van Bullock give the honor every year and there couldn’t have been a better choice for 2009. From the women’s tennis team Paulina Zuniga was tabbed and Jamar Cotton from Aggie football. Zuniga has been at the forefront of the tennis team’s success this year and has excelled in the classroom and in our community. Cotton was tabbed an “Amazing Aggie” by President Dr. Waded Cruzado for his work with other students, his commitment to community service and being one of the leaders on the football field as well.


After the awards were given out everyone got together for some dancing, laughing and joking. Boston wanted to grow the spirit of family within the department from the day he started. From what ole Pete saw in the Pan Am. It looks like “Mission Accomplished.”

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