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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 11:08 a.m. CDT

Two of my passions are sports and music.

They are connected. 

Don’t laugh. Just think about it — music is always going at athletic events, except maybe tennis and golf and the occasional croquet match.

Also music is in us all. The first thing that happens for us as humans is our rhythm begins — our heart begins to beat. What we do with that rhythm is up to each one of us.

Coaches and players always talk of playing with a rhythm. A team didn’t miss a beat when a player is injured and a reserve goes in to the game.

The other night I closed my eyes and just listened during a basketball game. The music of the game came through — distinctive sounds of the squeaking of basketball shoes on the hardwood floor, basketballs bouncing and if you listen really hard, there are times you hear that snap when a ball goes through the nylon net.

Sports and music have gone hand-and-hand for years. 

It has in my life. I was in the marching bands and basketball pep bands at high school and college. At Kansas State, those bands are more than music makers. They help lead the cheering for teams.

COMING DEC. 20, is an opportunity for the area Big Brothers Big Sisters participants to enjoy basketball action at Newton Senior High School. Mentors, Littles and Littles’ families get in free to the Cardinal home doubleheader against Knoxville.

NHS and all the Bigs and Littles of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Jasper County are celebrating the difference mentors make by cheering them on during an introduction at halftime of the varsity girls game. The varsity girls game is at 6 p.m. and the boys’ varsity game is at 7:30 p.m.

Following the games, Littles will have the chance to get autographed pictures of the Cardinal girls and boys teams,

Don’t forget to wear your Big Brothers Big Sisters shirt.