To the Editor:
We live in a country divided. Whether the issue is economic, political or otherwise, that divide appears to be widening as time passes. However, as a community, while we may hold vastly differing opinions, we do not also have to be divided. Yet, many times we are just that. It’s time that we, as a community, do something about this divide.
I’m going to digress for a moment, and I’ll return to my opening statement with an idea. I’d like to write a few words about a friend of mine, Jim Uitermarkt. I’ve known Jim since elementary school days through baseball games on the Presbyterian Church lawn, countless basketball games and several athletic teams as we made our way through Knoxville Junior High and Knoxville High School. While going through all of those experiences, I got to know Jim well enough that it comes as no surprise to me that he has become a significant member of our community. He’s an excellent teacher and coach, and he’s a wonderful father. However, what makes him, in my eyes, so significant to our community is what he and his wife, Angie, have done in the way of leading the growth in the Coaches vs. Cancer event at KHS. He and his staff could have easily stopped at pink uniforms and pink ice cream at the concession stand for the event with a half-hearted effort at fundraising. Instead, the efforts of Jim, Angie, their families, the athletes and countless others have shown that great feats are possible with a little inspiration and a lot of help. Even when the talking boxes are letting us know how tough things are in the world, our community helped make Knoxville’s event one of the top fundraisers nationwide.