Did any sports fans catch the Houston Astros’ series opener against the Texas Rangers this past Friday? If you did you might have seen US Army Specialist Christopher Sum throw out the first pitch right after being honored with a brand new car!
Of course Sum had no idea he was going to go home with a free car that night. What he knew was that he was going to toss the ceremonial first pitch representing over 500 veterans attending the game as an honor made possible by several sponsors and, more importantly, by his time served with the US Army Elite 2d 75th Ranger Regiment on multiple tours.
What the crowd perhaps didn’t know is Sum’s linear role in society as an activist for Houston NORML – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In fact, he has served as our chapter’s Deputy Director and Director of Veterans Outreach. He has served our organization and volunteered for us for many years, lending his service by organizing and speaking at our Veteran’s Conference last year and co-directing our Athletic Department. He has also worked on raising awareness and helping with our organization’s participation in important local events like the Houston Art Car Parade.
As a surprising reward for his many sacrifices, Chris was named a “Chevrolet Everyday Hero” by Houston Area Chevy Dealers and the Houston Astros, brought out to the mound at Minute Maid Park by the Houston Astros, and handed a giant replica key to his all-expenses paid new ride.
We are very proud to Christopher Sum for his sacrifice and his service, both as a US Army Specialist and an advocate fighting along side us to end marijuana prohibition in Texas. What a way to start the series!