GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

GPSA Room
Massari Arena
CSU-Pueblo
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

Top Panel
Sunday, 07 March 2021

GPSA Meetings

THERE ARE NO MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR THE REST OF 2020 DUE TO COVID-19. Below are the TENTATIVE meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2021 calendar year. All meeting are held on the third Monday of the month in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

Mar. 15 Apr. 19 May 17 Aug. 16
Sept. 20 Oct. 18

 

Banquet Date/Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  The 2020 Banquet is tentatively set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Go to the Application tab above to download and fill out an application today.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Anthony Hegler, President of the GPSA. His email address is tonyhegler@centurylink.net

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Wilbur Wayne “Willie” Wright

Education:
    Attended 12 grade schools in five different states and two High Schools
    Graduated from Pueblo Centennial H.S., on May 28, 1931 (he weighed 120 lbs.)
    Attended School District No. 20's "Opportunity Night School" at Pueblo Central H.S. in 1936.
    
Family History:
Father drafted into infantry 1918, got TB and never returned home and Wright's mother was an Army Nurse and sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas...In 1925 the Family was moving from Topeka, KS to Oregon and the car broke down in Pueblo and they stayed...For two years (1925-26) Wilbur caddied at the Pueblo Country Club and sold the Pueblo Chieftain (papers) at 6th & Main...Later received two paper routes and got six cents per week per paper (papers cost 15 cents a week)...In 1926, Wright volunteered in Boys Department a YMCA (for his membership) in charge of games, swimming pool and locker rooms...Three years later (1929), "Willie" started teaching eight and nine year old boys swimming and swam for the older boys team...The Stock Market Crash of 1929 took Wilbur's savings of $75.00 and so he hitch-hiked to Missouri and worked on a farm and went to high school for 2 months...For the next 18 years (1930-48), be lived at the YMCA in room 401 until he got married.
   
Athletics:
Basketball:    
"Willie" was a lightweight participant at Hinsdale Elementary for two years (1926-27, also played softball too)...His team played against college teams from Lamar to Trinidad to Alamosa in the AAU tournaments...Wright played for the following teams:
    - Bear Axel (1939-50)
    - Fountain Sand & Gravel (1950-51)  
    - Ladd Lumber (1951-52)
    
Wright's squad also played against pro teams for fundraisers for Elks charities:
    - The All American Red Heads girls team (met seven times)            
    - Harlem Globe Trotters with Marques Haynes, Al Pullins  and "Goose" Tatum
    - New York Broadway Clowns

Baseball:
Wright also played for several area baseball squads:
    American Legion (1928-29)
    Robinson-Gardner (second base)    
    Pueblo Chieftain (second base)
    Boone Merchants (1946-48)
    Eagles Lodge for a season (1949) before he sprained his knee and eventually ending his playing days.

Swimming: Participant on the Y Swim Team

Contributor:
    Volunteer Official Timer at Pueblo Catholic High (1947-48
    Junior Board of Directors - City YMCA
    Charter Member of the Centennial Booster Club - 1955
    Charter Member College Booster Club 1957-1991 (present)
        - Pueblo Junior College
        - Southern Colorado State College
        - University of Southern Colorado
    Charter Member of the “Y”’s Men’s Club of Pueblo, Colorado in 1948
    Contributor to Runyon Field and Boy’s Baseball Leagues

Occupation: "Willie" worked Bear Axel Wheel Service and taught swimming at the YMCA

Personal: Lived in Pueblo, CO with his wife, Mary V. Bolton...Passed away in October 8, 1994.   

 

 

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