|RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
House concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Frost Heaves to the Green Mountain State
Offered by: Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford and Sharpe of Bristol, Keogh of Burlington and Maier of Middlebury.
Offered by: Senators Ayer and Giard
Whereas, in 2004, Sports Illustrated writer and Cornwall resident, Alex Wolf, considered forming a professional basketball team in Vermont, and
Whereas, on November 10, 2006, his new team, the Vermont Frost Heaves, appeared courtside for its first American Basketball League game, and
Whereas, the Frost Heaves have adopted a series of Vermont-centered organizational principles that provide the team is sustainable through its capped payroll and by playing its home games at existing downtown sites including Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium and the Barre Auditorium (the Aud); local by including area players on the roster, hiring local employees, and contracting with local suppliers; built to scale with the ideal seating arrangements at both home courts; and of the community with the plan to transfer partial ownership to local fans once the team achieves financial stability, and
Whereas, Vermonters across the state can follow the team online through the audio streamed play-by-play of all games and an e-mail update network, and
Whereas, the team’s mascot, a native Vermont moose named Bump, came by his name, and love of basketball, when a basketball became embedded in his head during a university alumni game in Massachusetts,
Whereas, the Vermont Frost Heaves are visiting the State House on Tuesday, February 6, to be welcomed officially to their new home, and
Whereas, members of the General Assembly are returning the compliment two evenings later when, during the Frost Heaves’ halftime at the Aud, they will play a brief, but historic, basketball game, involving two multipartisan and bicameral squads under the expert refereeing eyes of Speaker Symington who has announced that violations of the rules and orders of either chamber, the joint rules, and Mason’s Rules, including the prohibition on uttering the phrase “thank you madam speaker” will result in a foul call, regardless of the offending player’s legislative position, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly welcomes the Vermont Frost Heaves to the Green Mountain State, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Frost Heaves chief executive Alex Wolf.