If Willie Bloomquist was a Winter Olympic athlete, he said he’d try to be a bobsledder. The event fascinates the South Kitsap grad.
Bree Schaaf, an Olympic High grad, is a former Olympic bobsled who worked as a broadcaster for NBC at the Sochi Olympics.
Willie, a utility player for the Seattle Marners, will be able to pick Schaaf’s brain about the sport during an April 10 Kitsap Athletic Roundtable event at McCormick Woods Golf Course. The two are going to be the headline speakers.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new scoreboard for the baseball field at South Kitsap High. That field will be named after Elton Goodwin, the Hall of Fame coach who died of a heart attack at 63 after having hip replacement surgery. Man, that’s tough to type. My eyes still get all watery every time I think that Elton’s not around anymore.
Bloomquist played for Goodwin and is one of five of his former players to reach the majors. Jason Ellison, Jason Hammel, Sean Spencer and Aaron Cunningham are the others. Hundreds of others went on to play college baseball.
So here’s the details of the event.
Date: April 10, a Thursday.
When: social hour 6-7 p.m. with the program to follow.
Where: McCormick Woods Golf Course.
Cost: $30 ($25 for KAR members).
There will be several auction items, so bring your wallet.
It should be a fun night, and a chance to listen to two of the most driven and successful athletes to come out of the area.
Tickets are being printed and will be available in advance. We’ll let you know where you can get them as soon as they are distributed.
If you can’t make it and and want to make a donation, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Cully Ecklund at 360-470-0747. C’mon, let’s raise some money in Elton’s honor.