Wounded Warrior Project-Colorado
The Colorado Collegiate Umpire Association in corporate partnership with Aurora Sports
Officials and Jackson and Coker have entered into an agreement with The Wounded Warrior
Battalion-East to support the WWB-E mission to offer community reintegration.
Part of community reintegration is providing training which directly results in immediate
assimilation into the work force and the CCUA can offer this essential support by offering
complete umpire training to WWB-E candidates who are cleared to attend the specialized Mile
High Advanced Umpire Clinic-Wounded Warrior Intensive from June 1-5, 2014. Candidates who
successfully complete this course will be qualified to seek employment as baseball umpires across
the United States. Those candidates who are cleared for further assignment as CCUA/WWB-E
Interns will receive immediate employment in the Denver Metropolitan area provided by CCUA
and Aurora Sports Officials.
We believe that the Mile High Advanced Umpire Clinic-Wounded Warrior Intensive will
further hasten a Marine’s reintegration by providing meaningful training in a stimulating
environment- training that will virtually guarantee a lifetime of employment for those who
successfully complete the course.
Not only will our staff of highly qualified umpire instructors and clinicians offer
individualized instruction, but our administrative staff has contacts throughout the United States
and will assist our graduates in job placement when they are reintegrated into non-military life.
These Marines need support in securing airfare to Denver, Colorado. They need
complete umpire equipment from protective gear to proper uniform items. They also need
transportation to the training location and game sites. CCUA/ASO has secured hotel
accommodations for the Marines who participate in the clinic as well as extended-stay housing for
those who will remain with us for the balance of the summer and participate in the Wounded
Warrior Internship Program. But we need help.
If you would like to participate with us any donation would be greatly appreciated and
put to use directly impacting the rehabilitation and reintegration of Marines from the Wounded
Warrior Battalion-East. The following power point slideshow introduces who we are and what
we are all about. If you would like to contribute to our mission, the last slide of the presentation
will provide you with contact information.
Thank you in advance for helping us in our mission to help our Marine Wounded
CCUA Founder and Wounded Warrior Administrator
Wounded Warrior Battalion East
Colorado Collegiate Umpire Association
Aurora Sports Officials, INC.
Jackson and Coker
Still in the Fight
“Etiam in Pugna"
Still in the Fight
"Etiam in Pugna" or Still in the Fight, is an essential conviction which the Marine Corps instills in each of its
wounded, ill and injured (WI&I) Marines. Despite their injuries, WI&I Marines are focused on their abilities and are
highly motivated to contribute to the Marine Corps' war fighting mission. The Marine Corps needs and employs
their skills, experience, and dedication in order to meet its mission to our nation. The approach to care ensures
that recovering Marines return to their units as quickly as their medical conditions will allow. Allowing WI&I
Marines to stay in the fight is what makes the Marine Corps' care model unique and successful.
It is Marine Corps policy that Marines will remain attached to their operational units as long as that organization
can ensure their medical condition is treated appropriately and recovery support is provided. WWBn-E has staff
assets in place to support Commanders in providing the care their WI&I Marines require. While it is a priority for
each command to take care of their unit's Marines, there are some instances where a WI&I Marine may require
on-going services and support that are not normally resident in an operational unit. Assignment to the WWR
typically occurs when a WI&I Marine requires extended treatment and a higher degree of care coordination.
WWBn-E assists WI&I Marines and their families with their non-medical care needs through all phases of care
from recovery to rehabilitation to community reintegration. There is no "one size fits all" approach to care, so the
battalion has a cross-section of services and resources to ensure WI&I Marines and families are provided for.
To be successful, support offered to Wounded Warriors focuses on healing the Marine medically with an emphasis
on strengthening the Marine's Mind, Body, Spirit, and Family. Since its inception in 2007, Wounded Warrior
Battalion East has evolved its structure to ensure that WI&I Marines and families receive individualized care,
proportionate to their existing needs. The battalion achieves this individualized care by using Marine Section
Leaders to synergize its diverse assets and support around the essential points of focus: the WII Marine's Mind,
Body, Spirit, and Family.
Wounded Warrior Battalion – East
Transition Center POCs:
Rob Saul (910) 451-1689 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Theakston (910) 451-2373 / email@example.com
An intern is someone who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than
employment. Internships provide opportunities for wounded, ill and injured Marines to gain experience in their field,
determine if they have an interest in a particular career and create a network of contacts. Some interns find permanent,
paid employment with the companies in which they interned. Their value to the company may be increased by the fact
that they need little to no training.
Benefits of participation for Marine:
•Participate in meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment that positively impacts wellness and
offers a formal means of transition
•Provides transitioning Marines with a vision to the future
•A great opportunity to explore employment interests, develop job skills, build a resume and gain valuable work
•Apply military skill sets in civilian work environment
•Interview experience and techniques
•Build and strengthen resume
•Must be medically cleared to participate
Benefits of participation for employer:
•Ability to demonstrate support for the military service and sacrifices of Wounded Warriors
•Access to the talent, dedication, and considerable military and non-military skills of these
•Ability to offer participants the opportunity for meaningful work
•Salaries are paid by the military
•Internship as a vehicle for the permanent recruitment of transitioning Marines
The Colorado Collegiate Umpire Association
1978 1984 1986 1995
The Colorado Collegiate Umpire Association
Officially, the CCUA began in 1985. CCUA members were also registered
Colorado High School Baseball Umpires Association umpires and most worked
high school games in the spring along with their limited college schedules.
CCUA members began to take the leadership at the high school level and soon
many CCUA members were asked to be clinicians at the CHSBUA State Master
Training and Instructional Clinic; which today has been organized by CCUA
members for over a decade. Eventually, with the advent of the NCAA Umpire
Development Program as a model, The Mile High Advanced Umpire Clinic
began in 1993 and has gone on to provide training to over 400 umpires from a
So where have we been? It’s easy to say that CCUA has been everywhere. CCUA
members can be found in the ranks of the Colorado High School Baseball
Umpires Association-and always will be- because first and foremost, CCUA
members are high school umpires. CCUA members have become CHSBUA
Presidents. They sit on the CHSBUA Executive Board today.
Where are we going? The Mile High Advanced Umpire Clinic has become the
gold standard for training in Colorado. CCUA members staff the CHSBUA
Evaluation Program and CCUA members have served as training directors for
the CHSBUA- Umpire Training, Evaluation, and Promotion (UTEP). CCUA
members continue to recruit and train all high school umpires for CHSBUA.
CCUA has been incorporated into a not-for-profit corporation and conducts
extensive fund raising activities to provide scholarship opportunities to not only
the Mile High Clinic, but other clinics and baseball events around the nation.
Together with our new corporate partner, Aurora Sports Officials, INC., CCUA
funds have supported the CHSBUA in its recruiting and training mission as well
as providing a yearly donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
Presently, CCUA and ASO have finalized plans with the Wounded Warrior
Battalion-East to provide training and umpiring opportunities to America’s
honored combat veterans.
CCUA has a proud tradition of success. It’s a group of umpires dedicated to
baseball and improving umpiring. CCUA is constantly on the lookout for
individuals who share in the CCUA vision and are dedicated to constantly
striving for self-improvement on the diamond, vision in the Board Room, and
philanthropic involvement in the Denver community.
Aurora Sports Officials, Inc. (ASO) was started in 1988 by Gerald Letofsky and Christopher Tanko, who isnow resting in
peace. Chris and Jerry played college baseball together at Regis College in the mid 1980s. Both graduated with
honors. With strong math and computer science backgrounds, Chris and Jerry pioneered numerous software applications
for the telecommunication and real estate industries.
Their love of sports lured them into the Sports Officials Assigning business, as they saw a great opportunity to apply new and
emerging technologies to an industry over 100 years old.
The Team Time Sports Line was the first invention in a long line of new and exciting Computer Telephony Applications
paving the way for Chris and Jerry to begin to computerize the process of assigning sports officials. ASO were the first
assigners to use Pagers to improve communications with officials. Next, we pioneered the use Fax Technology to produce
payroll and trust accounting reports for our clients. ASO was the first to develop a web site when the world wide web
After 20+ years of expanding service, ASO currently assigns officials for 13 sports throughout Colorado from youth to high
school to adult recreation.
ASO's future is focused on expanding our assigning, data processing and payroll services, as well as training and developing
quality sports officials.
1115 Aberdeen Drive
Broomfield, Colorado 80020
Began umpiring in 1975; Founder
CCUA; Founder Mile High Advanced
Umpire Clinic; Founder Umpire
Training, Evaluation, and Promotion
(UTEP); Past President CHSBUA; Terry
Schiessler Award 1993 (baseball) 2013
(football); AABC Regional Umpire of
the Year 1997; Colorado State High
School State Championship (3); Connie
Mack World Series (3); WAC
Championships (2); NCAA Division I
Tournament (4); Junior College World
Series (2); International Baseball
Federation World Cup (Taiwan 2001-
Cuba 2005); Big XII; Mountain West;
RMAC; Division I Independent;
Instructor : Rocky Mountain Collegiate
Umpire Clinic and Mile High Advanced
Umpire Clinic; Evaluator: RMAC Umpire
Development Clinic; Named NCAA
Division II National Umpire Coordinator
Parents: Warren F. and Ruth Z. Weikle
Father: Senior Flight Operations
Instructor/Second Officer 747: United Air
Lines-50 years; Lt. Colonel, USAF( Ret)
Brother: Randel Wayne living in Atlanta, Georgia
Vice-President, Jackson and Coker; Major
US Army Airborne/Ranger/Delta Force (Ret)
Married: Marla Jean Huff 1975 (39 years)-
teacher Sts. Peter and Paul; Archdiocese of
Denver-8 years; Marrama Elementary School;
Denver Public Schools-25 years
BS Education; University of Colorado 1976
MA Clinical Counseling Psychology: Lesley College
Retired Jefferson County Teacher:
English; 30 years