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Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 10:34 a.m. MST

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Gelwix is known for a team standard that mandates no alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Given the success of his teams, those mandates are hard to argue against.

While Gelwix is 404-10 in 35 years as the coach of the Highland High rugby team, his “5 Championship Strategies for Sustainable Success” code, which includes encouraging players to be true to the beliefs of their own faiths, is his greatest contribution. Gelwix’s program was highlighted in the popular film "Forever Strong" in 2008.

Gelwix may be best known in the Rocky Mountain area as the "Getaway Guru" and host of the syndicated "Travel Show" radio broadcast. Gelwix has been an on-air radio talk show host for more than 20 years (12 years at KSL and eight syndicated by Clear Channel Communications). Gelwix serves as CEO of Columbus Travel.

Gelwix has been honored with the "Best of State" award as the best high school coach in the state of Utah; the "Education Service Award" from the Utah Department of Corrections; and the BYU "Outstanding Service" Award.

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USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

"Heroes"? Maybe. Let's just call them really good people who are worthy to emulate. My definition of "hero" is pretty exclusive...maybe 3 or 4 in the entire world and maybe 7-8 of all-time.

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

Where does all the Bologna go?
In the Hero sandwich.

I only agree with Larry Miller, he made a difference.

Like USAlover said, their really good people.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Steve Young is from the great state of Connecticut. Hands off!

utahutesfanatic
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

I obviously am a hardcore Utah Utes fan, but I have great respect for Dave Rose's off court accomplishments. He is a coach that all Cougar fans should be very proud to have.

Runner
Chandler, AZ

I agree with USAlover. These people are doing good things with their resources but when compared with single parents, our people in the military, good honest God fearing people who do the right thing every day...I wouldn't consider them heroes.

VariedHue
Logan, UT

The article emphasizes sports figure who can be looked up to and emulated. This is opposed to people thinking the likes of Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, O.J., etc. are our examples. Just because someone can ride a bike, hit a ball, run fast, etc. does not mean their lives should be emulated. Each one of the eight are mentioned because of contributions outside of f their athletic endeavors.

Lionheart
West Jordan, Ut

It is noteworthy when people of wealth use that wealth to benefit others rather than pure self indulgence. But there are lots of people who are not in the limelight because of athletic ability or wealth who use their meager means, time, effort, etc. to serve others and are just as much worthy of admiration and emulation.

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