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We hear you want to sing the National Anthem at JUCO this year!

Good news! National Anthem tryouts have been scheduled! If you think you have a voice that can honor our great nation, then we encourage you to come give it your best shot and sing your heart out! 

Tryouts to perform the National Anthem during the 2018 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series will be held Tuesday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. 

Auditions will be held at Canyon View Vineyard Church Chapel at 736 24 1/2 Road, Grand Junction. All ages, male & female, children & groups are welcome. 

Representatives of the JUCO World Series, Colorado Mesa University athletics, and the Grand Junction Rockies will be in attendance, all looking for performers at their respective events. 

Remember to come out with lots of energy and don't be afraid to have some fun!

Performers do not need to sign up in advance. For questions, contact Errol Snider at (970) 260-1110. 

We look forward to seeing everyone come and tryout! U.S.A!

Zach BullettJUCO
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro asked to speak at 2018 Junior College World Series Banquet

In sports, perseverance and determination are values one must adopt and embrace when faced with adversity. It is the heart one has to have to grind through the pain to accomplish your goals and get through to the other side. The same however can be said about life and in this case more specifically, war.

The keynote speaker this year at the JUCO Banquet will be, Master Sgt. Del Toro, a brave and courageous American who put his life on the line for our country when serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2005. His story is one of true perseverance to just survive, showing us the truly unbelievable strong spirit a single human can possess. 

 
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom)

Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom)

 

Del Toro was injured in an attack on his Humvee when they drove over a hidden landmine. He suffered severe burns that engulfed 80 percent of his body, but that didn't stop him from making his way to a stream to extinguish the flames and still having his wit about him to call in an airstrike and radio for medical help.

After only being given a slim chance of survival, Del Toro spent the next few months in a coma where he would then wake up to begin several years of difficult surgeries and rehab. During this time he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.

Del Toro had lost one of his hands and most of his fingers on the other, but that didn’t stop his heart from desiring to get back out and compete and set goals for himself. 

Former President George W. Bush fist bumps with Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro during the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds in Orlando, Fla., May 8, 2016. The symposium, hosted by Bush and Britain’s Prince Harry, sought to destigmatize the victims of post-traumatic stress and other injuries that are not readily visible. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Former President George W. Bush fist bumps with Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro during the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds in Orlando, Fla., May 8, 2016. The symposium, hosted by Bush and Britain’s Prince Harry, sought to destigmatize the victims of post-traumatic stress and other injuries that are not readily visible. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

He ended up competing in the Invictus Games, which was a competition specifically for sick or injured servicemen and servicewomen. He ended up winning a gold medal and setting records in the 2016 games for his participation in the javelin, shot put, and discus events.

He will be speaking about his journey and inspiring all the young athletes about what it takes when life can throw you a curveball. His perseverance to continue on with striving to be the best in life, is a story we can all admire.

The JUCO Banquet will be held on May 25th at 6:00pm with tickets for the banquet starting at $50 which will go on sale in April.
 

Zach BullettJUCO
JUCO Adopts New and Improved Logo

Change and tradition can be seen as two very conflicting words. However, sometimes they go together like peanut butter and jelly, or in this case, baseball and America.

 
JUCO Logo with NJCAA Colorado Flag.png
 

This year the JUCO World Series is changing its logo in order to honor the long-standing tradition of the tournament being played in Colorado. The “C” now reflects our patriotism towards our great flag, and honor we have for our beloved state. The Colorado state flag is an image we Coloradans wear and wave proudly because of our strong connection with what it embodies.

For those unaware, the colors of the flag all symbolize the beautiful nature that we live in. The red is for the rich red soil, while the blue represents the gorgeous wide open skies. The gold is for the vast amount of sunshine we receive daily, and lastly, the white is for the snow on the gorgeous peaks of the mountains.

Therefore, the change in logo is simply to express our gratitude to the tradition of JUCO being played in the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. The change is to proudly express our love for our great state where baseball comes once a year and pulls the community together.

Zach BullettJUCO