Ross receives award for promoting horseshoes
Cherokee Nation citizen Al Ross displays his awards and recognitions he received on Dec.3 at the Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame banquet in Stillwater, Oklahoma for helping to enhance the sport of horseshoes in northeastern Oklahoma. He received the “Charlie Brewer Award,” a certificate of appreciation as tournament director and a patch for pitching 10 World Tournaments in a row. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILLWATER, Okla. - Cherokee Nation citizen Al Ross received the “Charlie Brewer Award” on Dec. 3 at the Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame banquet at the Stillwater Senior Citizen’s Center.
As a member of the OHPA for 12 years, Ross received the award for promoting, fostering and building the sport of horseshoes in the northeast area of the state.
Ross said he was “surprised” and did not expect to receive any type of recognition for his love of horseshoes.
“The ‘Charlie Brewer Award’ is given to people who promote horseshoes and foster…try to keep horseshoes going, try to recruit members,” Ross said.
Charlotte Bowen, OHPA Secretary, said the award is given in memory of horseshoe pitcher Charlie Brewer of Yukon, Oklahoma, “who was a tremendous promoter of horseshoes in that area and the state of Oklahoma.” The award was established in 2013.
The way Ross has been able to “keep horseshoes going” was helping to establish a horseshoe court in the Tri-Community (Welling, Eldon, Briggs) area in Briggs in 2014.
The horseshoe court was constructed with the help of the Cherokee Nation. Ross took over maintaining the courts and hosting sanctioned horseshoe tournaments by becoming the official tournament director.
Ross also is the OHPA youth director and tries to get youth involved in horseshoe pitching as much as he can, which is also part of receiving the “Charlie Brewer Award.” He got his grandchildren involved, and one of his grandchildren became a world champion at the 2016 World Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama, in July.
As part of the coming 2017 season, Ross hopes to reach a few goals to continue to build up the sport of horseshoes.
He said he wants to get more pitchers involved by enhancing the existing sanctioned league at the Tri-Community (W.E.B.) court and working with the Northwest Arkansas Horseshoe Pitchers Association league in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to have the first Oklahoma-Arkansas Challenge horseshoe tournament.
Ross also wants to encourage more youth to pitch by adding a junior tournament to the existing 2017 tournament schedule. He also hopes that more Cherokees will get involved in sanctioned pitching because “there are some good pitchers.”
Ross said none of the things he does for horseshoes would be possible without the help of his family.
“If it wasn’t for my family, it would be impossible for me to do all the things that is necessary to do. It takes people. That’s why it’s important to get a working league going,” Ross said.
Bowen said the award Ross received is important in helping horseshoes grow, and that this is a step for him to become a hall of fame member in the future.
Ross also received a certificate of appreciation as a tournament director and a patch for pitching “10 in a Row” World Tournaments at the Hall of Fame banquet.
“I do it because I love horseshoes. I want a lot of people to show up. I like to pitch. But it was nice of them to consider, or at least think about, someone over in this part of the state trying to get something going,” Ross said.
For more information about the OHPA, visit www.oklahomahorseshoes.org
Stillwater, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.--- ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎨᎵ ᎨᎳ Al Ross ᎤᎩᏒ ᎾᎿ “Charlie Brewer Award” ᎾᎿ ᎥᏍᎩᏱ ᏦᎢᏁᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᏤ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ Hall of Fame ᏚᎾᏓᏟᏌᎯ ᎾᎿ Stillwater ᎠᏂᎦᏴᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏐᏗ ᎠᏱᏟ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎨᎳ Ꮎ OHPA ᏔᎳᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ, Ross ᎤᎩᏒ ᎤᎾᏌᏍᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎲ, ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.
Ross ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ “ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏎ” ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏚᎦ ᏳᏩᏎ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏥᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᎸᏉᏛ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏁᎶᏗᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ‘Charlie Brewer ᎤᎾᏓᏁᏗ’ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏂᏁᎰ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎫᏍᏓᎥ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ……… ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏒ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏖᎳᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏲᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Ross.
Charlotte Bowen, OHPA ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏥᏁᎸ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᏕᎦ Charlie Brewer ᎾᎿ Yukon, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎡᎯ,” ᎾᎿ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎤᏩᎫᏍᏓᎢ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏍᎩᏚᎩ.” ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᏠᏍᎬ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ Ross ᎾᎿ “ᏧᏂᎩᏍᏗᏓ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᏕᎦ” ᏚᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎪᏢᏅ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ---ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ (Ꮃelling, Eldon, ᎠᎴ Briggs) ᎾᎿ Briggs ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏈᎵ ᏧᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᏅᏗ ᎤᏚᏢᏅ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ. Ross ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᏩᎾᏕᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᏕᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏍᏆᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᏓᏓᏂᎸᎬ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙᎯ ᎠᏂᎧᎲᏍᎬᎢ.
Ross ᎾᏍᏊ OHPA ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏗᏎᎮᎵᏙᎯ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏠᏯᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎬ ᏄᏂᏤᎲ ᎢᎦ, ᎾᏍᏃ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ “Charlie Brewer Award.” ᏧᎵᏏᏃ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎰ, ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎤᎵᏏ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏂᎬ ᎤᏍᎦᏎᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ 2016 (World Tournment in Montgomery, Alabama, in July.) ᏛᎶᎯ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ Montgomery, Alabama, ᎾᎿ ᎦᏰᏉᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏆᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Ross ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏩᎯ ᏭᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᎸ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ.
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᏓᎾᏓᏂᎸᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ Tri-community (W.E.B) ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎤᏕᎵᎬ Arkansas ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎩ Association league ᎾᎿ Fayetteville, Arkansas, ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ--- Arkansas ᎤᏁᏄᏢ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Ross ᎤᏚᎵ ᏧᏂᎳᏕᏗ ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎦ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏩ ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᎸᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ “ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎦ ᎠᏁᎭ.”
Ross ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏓᏛᏁᎲ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎦ Ꮭ ᏱᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᎬᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎾ ᏱᎩ.
“ᎢᏳᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏱᎩ, Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏱᏂᎦᎦᏛᎦ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏂᎦᏛᏁᎰᎢ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Ross.
Bowen ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᏒᎲᏍᏗ Ross ᏧᏁᏒ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎦ ᎠᎾᎢᏒ ᎤᏛᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏛᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ Hall of Fame ᎨᎳ ᎤᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏩᎫᏗᏗᏒᎢ.
Ross ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏁᏒ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᎬᏁᎯ ᎠᎦᎵᎡᎵᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᏎᎮᎵᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏕᎬ “ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎦᏯᎢ” ᎡᎶᎯ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ Hall of Fame ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᏌᎲᎢ.
“ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎰ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎤᎾᏕᎦ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ. ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎤᎾᎳᏑᎶ ᎠᏆᏗᏅᏗᎢ.
ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎰ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᏛᏗᎢ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎠᏆᏗᏅᏗᎢ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎴ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎢᏴ ᎡᎯ ᎠᏁᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Ross.
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ OHPA, visit www.oklahomahorseshoes.org.