The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 15, 2013

Todd Hummel's column on college sports: One special night at Sojka

I don't know how much people know about me, but this isn't my only job. I work full-time as a caregiver for mentally handicapped people in the Selinsgrove area. It's not something I ever thought I would do, nor did I think I would be able to do that kind of job.

However, it's turned into one of the more enjoyable experiences of my life and I've derived a certain joy in some of the connections I've made in my job.

So by this point, I'm sure you're wondering what in the heck this has to do with local college basketball, but I want to point out one final time what took place on Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.

The ninth annual Dirk Sojka Slam Dunk took place at the Army-Bucknell contest and it's a great fundraiser for SUNCOM Industries where Dirk worked for 11 years before he passed away.

Of course, the money raised at the event is very important, but from my experience in my other job, the chance to get to a Bucknell University men's basketball game for the SUNCOM employees is something just as rewarding.

It's a chance for the employees to interact with the Bucknell players and coaching staff along with experiencing the environment of a Division I basketball game. There are plenty of group homes in this immediate area with signed photos of current and past Bison.

Maybe my larger point is, if you see one of these people out in public and they say 'hello,' don't ignore them. Please at the least say 'hello' back. That small interaction means the world to them.


Bucknell's Steven Kaspar has shown flashes in his Bison career of being a spectacular point guard.

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