Dodge ball tournament to benefit Short family

By Tim Chambers
STAR STAFF
tchambers@starhq.com

   J.R. Campbell is somewhat like a makeover between E.F. Hutton and Slim Whitman. When he speaks people listen, and he's loved by millions.
   Campbell, an icon in the Butler area, is organizing a benefit dodge ball tournament to help one of his former star athletes at Johnson County High School.
   Tommy Short, a 2003 graduate and star athlete for the 'Horns, lost his mother Sunday before last due to a heart attack. He, along with Billy Short, need some financial assistance from our community and churches.
   Last Sunday, Short was baptized and after church went to Butler to inform Campbell and his family of his decision. It was during that time that Short's mother was called home due to a massive heart attack, leaving behind Tommy and Billy.
   Campbell is organizing a dodge ball tournament to help the cause. Dodge ball is a game that young and old can be a part of.
   Current athletes, former athletes, church groups, has-beens, wanna be's and over-the-hill folks are invited to participate. The cost is $30 per team, and all the proceeds go toward helping Tommy and Billy.
   Tommy was planning on attending Lees McRae and playing basketball this fall.
   "Tommy is a wonderful young man, and one that I am extremely proud of," stated Campbell. "The name Short will long be remembered by Longhorn fans."
   Campbell added: "We want to do a little bit to help these kids obtain their dreams. Tommy and Billy deserve it."
   The tournament will be held at Little Milligan School in the "J.R. Campbell coliseum." Campbell hopes to have several teams come and participate.
   "It will a double-elimination tournament," said Campbell. "I hope we get a good turnout."
   Campbell touched on the type of people Tommy and Billy are.
   "God's got some great things in store for Tommy and Billy," he said. "He has a way of using good people to touch the lives of others."
   Knowing that God loves a cheerful giver, maybe each of us can reach into our funds and donate a love gift to this family.
   Campbell hopes to start the tournament around June 28. For more information, call 768-2681.