It's easy enough to take for granted the many, many sporting activities we enjoy in Superiorland as competitors and spectators.
It's important to remember, therefore, that without some hard, time-consuming effort, those events would not take place.
This summer, in order to shine the spotlight on some of the people who do this often thankless work, The Mining Journal is running a series called "Hometown Heroes" on Wednesdays.
As the editor's note for the series states, these stories are about "those who go the extra mile behind the scenes to make sports in the Superiorland so great."
So far, local residents featured in the series have been umpire Steve Ritenour of Marquette and youth sport coordinator/coach Tim Hares of Ishpeming. As the stories by sports writers Craig Remsburg and Steve Brownlee made clear, both men have devoted much time and energy to their respective posts, pouring in their efforts through sheer love of the games played.
Our area is a better place due to their contributions.
We're looking for other residents to highlight in this weekly feature and they do not necessarily have to be youth-sports oriented. The sports adults participate in are another vital part of summer in Superiorland and we are sure there are people working diligently behind the scenes of the horseshoes, softball, volleyball and other leagues to make those competitive enterprises run smoothly.
To nominate someone for the Hometown Hero feature, email The Mining Journal's sports department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And thank your favorite sports organizer the next time you play or watch a game. They deserve a pat on the back for bringing some much needed fun to our everyday lives.