Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Twist on a Mission 'Reunion'

An impromptu and unique reunion opportunity for former missionaries who served in the Ohio Cleveland Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will take place on Saturday, June 27 when the Utah Valley Thunder hosts the Wyoming Cavalry in the Thunder’s American Indoor Football Association regular season finale at the David O McKay Center on the campus of Utah Valley University. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

The first 50 OCM alumni will receive two free tickets to the indoor football game. Requests, which need to include the years which the missionary served, can be sent to daytonadan@yahoo.com no later than Wednesday, June 24. Other tickets are available at the McKay Center box office.

A section will be designated for OCM alumni and their family and friends.

The Thunder’s audiocast crew of Dan Ryan and Don Nicol served their missions in Cleveland [at different times, though] and often refer to their mission experience during their call of the games.

``It usually comes down to which Cleveland sport tragedy temporarily hindered our proselyting -- mine was `The Shot ’ and I think Don’s was `The Drive’ and pretty much the Cleveland Browns in general ‘’ Ryan said. ``Both of us serving in the same mission has helped us become a unique broadcast team. We thought it’d be a good idea to end the regular season by taking the reunion aspect to a whole new level.’’

For more information about the reunion, e-mail Ryan at daytonadan@yahoo.com.