Two local men named Hall of Honor Inductees as Friends of Basketball
Awarded by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan
October 15, 2012
Since Steve Brower moved back to Kalkaska in 1990, Blazer sporting events have become a happening. Words cannot describe the excitement that Steve creates as the announcer for each game. Every player that has played over the last twenty-two years will tell you how they cherish having Steve announce at their games. Many former players have even had Steve announce their wedding parties at their wedding receptions.
Steve is much more than the best announcer in the world; he connects personally with the players, fans and coaches. Over the years, he has helped to coach elementary intramural leagues as well as middle school and high school teams. Steve announces all of the football games as well as the boys and girls basketball games with no compensation.
When the lights go down in Kalkaska and the music starts up, it is Steve Brower magic time.
Royce Thomas graduated from Kalkaska in 1976 as a three-time “Athlete of the Year.” Since that time, Royce has done more for the Kalkaska basketball programs than anyone. Over the last 36 years, he has freely given of his time, intellect, money and talent.
Royce and his wife, Terry, have continually donated money to help with the boys and girls programs. Over ten years ago, Royce developed a formula for a golf outing to raise funds for Blazer Basketball. In his honor, the name was changed to the Royce Thomas Annual Blazer Basketball Outing, which has raised over $100,000 for the program.
Royce has been a volunteer coach for middle school, junior varsity and the last 17 years as the assistant varsity coach. His passion for the program is injected into the plays and community 365 days a year. On game day, Royce goes through the stands passing out candy and pumping everyone up. As a business man, he often travels and has been known to drive straight through from Florida, Texas, or Wyoming just to make it back to Michigan in time for a game. When he occasionally misses a game, everyone is disappointed. Even the referees miss him. He has been a wonderful inspiration to all of the kids in the basketball program.
Royce and his wife, Terry, have two daughters: Ashley and Kassi.