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Examiner
  • Tim Crone: Tabitha's Closet makes huge difference

  • As I have written sports articles over the past 11 years, I have spoken often about the hype that surrounds winning and losing. It can be easy to be Monday morning quarterback – you surely know as much as the millionaires who run a team or the athletes who play a game. The true draw in any sports is the positive feeling you get when a group of people with a common goal experience success.

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  • As I have written sports articles over the past 11 years, I have spoken often about the hype that surrounds winning and losing. It can be easy to be Monday morning quarterback – you surely know as much as the millionaires who run a team or the athletes who play a game. The true draw in any sports is the positive feeling you get when a group of people with a common goal experience success.
    Tabitha’s Closet is a program sponsored by First Christian Church of Independence. It has provided clothing to Independence school children so they can attend school with the proper clothes on their back. My good friend, Dr. Ted Lewman, has been assisting in the program. Another longtime friend and William Chrisman alumnus, Ceil Taylor, has worked very hard for the past few years to get this program established.
    The goal is to help children feel good about themselves as they begin a new school year. A benefit golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence to raise money to support this wonderful cause. This is a challenge to residents of Eastern Jackson County to register to participate in the event.
    Even if you are not a golfer, you can send in a contribution. Just picture the smiles of young students on the first day of classes. The program has been in existence for eight years. In 2012-13, the program benefited more than 1,900 Independence school children with clothing needs. Tabitha’s Closet has picked up a head of steam during the past few years with growing support from other churches, service clubs and individuals who have also recognized the community need.
    As a 1969 graduate of William Chrisman High School, I will always cherish my high school years and the life lessons that I learned during that time. My fellow students have remained lifelong friends who have had a positive influence. I have always felt like they had my back.
    All kids need to feel good about themselves. At school they need to feel that they look as good as the rest of the crowd. I would like to put out a particular challenge to all those Independence graduates from the ’60s and ’70s to help in this project. You can all afford something toward this cause and you can have a lot of fun at the same time.
    The registration fee for the golf tournament is $95, which pays for your 18 holes of golf and cart, breakfast and luncheon banquet, golf shirt, tee bag of gifts, hole contests, flights for all golf skill levels, prizes, a raffle and a whole lot of fun. Online registration is at www.tournaments.com/Tabitha2013. You can also call 816-522-49155 or email slppam@comcast.net if you need additional information or if your company is interested in being a hole or event sponsor.
    Page 2 of 2 - A young school student wrote a thank-you note to Tabitha’s Closet, which is included on the pamphlet: “Dear Tabitha’s Closet, Thank you for all my new clothes. They're cute and they fit perfectly. I also want to thank you for taking the time and effort to help me and my brother. Thank You!”
    Registration and continental breakfast is at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8. And by the way, I already have three teams from Blue Springs playing – I am sure the Independence people would like to make sure that they will outnumber them 10 to 1. Come out, everyone, and have a great time while helping with a tremendous cause.
    n Royals fans, for the first time in many moons, can enjoy a team that plays hard and is respectable.
    n I am pumped that Alex Gordon and Sal Perez made the All-Star team – well done. Times are changing!
    n I am real tired of hearing about Dwight Howard. Super Man lost his cape a long time ago.
    n My quote this week is from ex-NFL coach Bum Phillips: “Loyalty, up and down the line. That’s one quality an organization must have to be successful.” Attention, Independence graduates!
    Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net
     

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