The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 26, 2012

Your View: Note of gratitude

By Sam Kealoha
Special to The Globe

KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii — Three weeks ago, I received a letter from an old friend, along with the sports section of The Joplin Globe.

I was emotionally overcome with tears when I saw members of Missouri Southern’s 1972 NAIA national championship football team (Sept. 12, 2012).

I am forever grateful to Coach Jim Frazier. It was indeed a privilege just to suit up and participate on the scouting team and to be able to sit on the same bench as these men who are so honored.

Forty years ago I made a foolish mistake and lost the opportunity to finish my education at Missouri Southern, which I deeply regret to this day.

Sam Kealoha

Kaunakakai, Hawaii