Council Declares Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 ‘Alex Kirk Day’

The long and the short of it is that Tuesday night on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presented a proclamation to athlete Alex Kirk declaring Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as ‘Alex Kirk Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos High School graduate and former Lobos basketball star Alex Kirk thanks County Councilors Tuesday night after they declared Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as ‘Alex Kirk Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Alan Kirk

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday evening declaring Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 as ‘Alex Kirk Day’ in Los Alamos County.

Kirk is a native of Los Alamos and a 2010 Los Alamos High School graduate. He is a former Lobos basketball star who now has the opportunity to be a successful player in the NBA.

PROCLAMATION:

WHEREAS: the Los Alamos County Council joins the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division this summer in its theme of “Celebrating Los Alamos” during the County Fair and Rodeo August 8th through 10th, and local basketball player Alex Kirk – who has been highly recognized for his accomplishments – will be co-grand marshal leading that celebration during the fair parade; and

WHEREAS: the Council wishes to salute the hard work, dedication, hours of practice and play on the court that have become a successful career for Alex since graduating in 2010 from Los Alamos High School. Alex received the New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year Award and was a three time All State and two time All District player. He was honored to be selected to play with Team USA in the World University Games in 2013, representing the United States in Russia. We knew he was destined for a great basketball career when we watched him play ball in high school, and it’s a privilege to have Alex continue to call Los Alamos “home”; and

WHEREAS: Alex enjoyed a successful career with the University of New Mexico Lobos, graduating in May. While at UNM, he earned both academic and athletic conference awards. We’re pleased that Alex now has the opportunity to be a successful player in the NBA, as he recently showed sports fans watching the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Summer League – Alex has been on the court for several of their games and exhibited impressive scoring and rebounding, including a start with the Cavs in their third summer game, and we know he’ll go far; and

WHEREAS: On behalf of the community of Los Alamos, the Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex for his continued support of local youth sports programs. He has been a general ambassador for our community in his travels across the nation, stressing the importance of teamwork, leadership and hard work when it comes to our school sports programs. He frequently gives credit to Los Alamos in his media appearances and interviews – and we appreciate that;

NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, August 9, 2014 as

“ALEX KIRK DAY”

in Los Alamos County. On this day, we will honor Alex and his family, including his parents Alan and Pat Kirk, and his sister Erin. We encourage our citizens to join us at the Fair in wishing Alex a long and successful career in the NBA, and we ask Alex to always “Celebrate Los Alamos” in his travels here and abroad. Congratulations and Good Luck, Alex!

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