Over the years, the Junior College World Series has brought some of baseball's biggest names to Grand Junction for its annual banquet, the tournament's stepping away from a ball player to allow one man to share his inspirational story.
US Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro will be this year's keynote speaker. Del Toro suffered burns to 80 percent of his body when his humvee exploded after rolling over a landmine in Afghanastan. Del Toro was in a coma for three months, given a 15 percent chance of survival. Del Toro defied all odds and not only survived but excelled in the Invictus Games, an Olymic-sytle competition for injured servicemen and women. Even with the loss of one hand and fingers, he set world records in javelin, shot put, and discus.
You can hear Master Sgt. Del Toro speak at the banquet on May 25 at Two Rivers Convention Center. Tickets are $50 and go on sale in April.