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September 26, 2013

Bliss wins 2013 Fetterman Award

CCS softball coach always busy serving community


“I couldn’t have done any of this without her,” he said of Kim. “For all of those late dinners and unfinished projects, thank you for understanding.”

Rachel and Ethan Bliss are both Red Bursey Award winners for outstanding sportsmanship at CCS. Eric Bliss preferred performing arts to sports, but ironically he is the one who has played in the greatest sports venue.

“He sang the National Anthem in front of 30,000 people at a Texas Rangers game, which was an amazing thrill to see,” Bliss said.

“Seeing my own kids and others like these girls here grow into young adults has been very rewarding,” he continued.

Clark’s question drew vocal agreement from the members of the audience. A few minutes later, Bliss’ award drew tears from his oldest sister, Sandra Bliss.

“In addition to everything Jane said, he farms,” she said. “He made the decision not to go into teaching, but to keep the family farm, a tradition which has been in the family for 90 years. He raises beef cattle, sells hay, and he is great training horse. I consider him and my father to be horse whispers. He loves The Farmers’ Museum. He found a new horse for the museum, and when they had an unexpected opening there, he volunteered to train the new horse.

“He packs an awful lot into every day,” she continued.

The Fetterman Award is presented each year by the CSC and the Clark Foundation to honor someone who is “dedicated to serving local youth, especially in the area of athletics.” The traits the award is said to embody are “outstanding sportsmanship, inspired leadership and caring service.” The award is named for Patrick C. Fetterman, the late associate director of the sports center.

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