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March 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Jon Brockman

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Jon Brockman stays well-grounded by remembering where he comes from, and returning there often. His parents keep a room in their Snohomish home with a small sampling of his awards.

Helping children with special needs

Editor, The Times:

How refreshing it was to see a front-page article on Jon Brockman, Snohomish’s “Hometown Hero” [March 6]. In these days of so much gloom in our news, it was a treat to have an article about a wonderful human being.

Obviously, he has been a prime motivator for his Washington Husky teammates. His love of family and care of community are strong.

I had the privilege of getting to know Brockman when he was in middle school. He volunteered with an after-school program I organized for our athletes with special needs. He was at our weekly sessions both pre- and post-basketball season for several years from middle school until high-school graduation.

He came to our annual “Sno-Wheels Games.” He often would be there early to help set up the gym, do registration and lead our Pledge of Allegiance.

When he became a Husky, he continued to come to our games and lead the Pledge. He worked with the athletes on basketball skills; the athletes always loved playing with Brockman.

— Elinor Vandegrift, Kenmore

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