I have had the pleasure of covering the Best of the West wrestling tournament many times in my years here at the Herald, but without volunteers, this event would never get off the ground.
Sandra Kerr, whose son Davin played Grid Kids with my son Kyle years ago with the Bears, sent me an e-mail in hopes that a word or two could be spread to the community about volunteering for the event. Sometimes it's all who you know.
The event, held at TRAC in Pasco for many years, will be held at Pasco High next week — Dec. 21-22. I know, it's Christmas break and all, but if you have a spare hour or two, your services could go a long way in making this event run smoothly. You don't even have to know anything about wrestling to get in on the action. I've been told it takes roughly 100 volunteers to keep the event running each day.
Volunteers are needed on the mats as well as in the hospitality room. If you don't want to give of yourself, donations of food, drink or cash to help stock the hospitality room (used by coaches, refs and volunteers) would be appreciated.
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There will be 32 teams at the event from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Some of the best wrestling you will see all year will be in one building. Kind of like Mat Classic, but on a smaller scale.
So, if you can spare a couple of hours, give Sandra a call at 947-4655. Volunteers must be at least in middle school or older. Not too long ago, the Chiawana wrestling team helped out the residents of the Pathfinder Mobile Home Park in Pasco. Here is a chance for the residents to give back to the boys.