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Profile: Tom Giblin (AFSCME Local 2659)

BACKGROUND:

Tom is a Senior Research Technician at the University of Northern Iowa’s Iowa Waste Reduction Center. The Center has a contract with the US Department of Defense to teach armed forces personnel painting techniques that reduce costs and corrosion, which is what Tom does. Tom’s work helps the military reduce costs and improve safety and also benefits the environment.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL UMPIRE & WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

Softball has been part of Tom’s life for 42 years when he started playing the game. Thirty years ago, when his three daughters were in middle school - he began coaching the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls softball team and continued to do so for many years, even once his kids were older.

He also began umpiring softball and continues to do so. Today, he umpires Senior Boy (8th grade) Slow Pitch Softball and Mixed Co-ed (grades 9-12) Slow Pitch Softball games in the Evansdale Little League. He also umpires at softball tournaments and regularly serves as the umpire at championship games. In 2005, he was selected for the Evansdale Youth Softball Hall of Fame.

Recently through his work at UNI, he became aware of the great work done by the Wounded Warrior Project and is beginning to get involved in their charitable efforts on behalf of wounded veterans. As an avid hunter and fisherman, Tom has begun assisting other volunteers who help wounded veterans pursue opportunities to hunt and fish. He is planning to serve as a guide on hunting and fishing trips in Iowa in the near future.

WHY HE VOLUNTEERS—IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“Softball is a great sport to play and teach. The emphasis is always on sportsmanship first. By being an umpire, I help my community provide a great opportunity for kids to learn the importance of sportsmanship.

“I am excited about getting involved in the Wounded Warrior Project. These veterans have given so much - I am glad to be able to help them.”

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