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“Outta my mind on a Saturday moanin’”

My stepson Jamie Guisinger has been the captain of the University of Detroit Jesuit golf team the last two years, hence I have (happily) been privy to some of the uplifting and motivational notes from this great school’s great leaders, whether from Fr. Kiser, S.J., the school’s president, or coaches Diehl, DiMambro or “Coach Joe.”

This one, I have to share.

This is a letter, dated Sept. 8, 2009, from a student at another Jesuit School who is thanking the people who have funded a scholarship he just received.

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, I am currently a junior at Jesuit. I appreciate all of the help you have offered to Jesuit. Thank you for the Joseph M. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund. I have received this due to the work grant program, which allows us to work for our tuition here at Jesuit. I have made many new friends due to this program, and I feel it is a great way to help out my family.”

Further in the note, the student mentions he plays on the schools golf team, and includes: “My dream is to play professionally and win the Masters. Because of your scholarship fund, I am able to strengthen my academics as well as my golf game at Jesuit in order to get one step closer to achieving my goals.

Thanks again for your kindness.”

Sincerely, Jordan Spieth

Wow !

Imagine how good Mr. and Mrs. Murphy feel.

Almost as good as the folks at Under Armour!

And a nod to “Men for Others” and the value of a Jesuit education and athletics.

Andy Hetzel, vice president of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, reminds us that Sunday is Kid’s Opening Day at Comerica Park. For the third year in a row, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are the presenting sponsors. It’s a big part of Blue Cross’ ongoing kids’ health campaign called My Kids Can.

Also Sunday, Sophia Marie Smith celebrates her 12th birthday. My little Sophie is growing up so quickly while making her dad so proud. I waited a long time before this bundle of joy came into (and changed forever) my life. In fact, she was born the day after I turned 50.

So, by my math, I am, (let’s see, carry the one, add the two) as of today ... still 50.

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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