Steve Ivers

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Steve Ivers

Ball field to be named after Ivers

— Nancy Sadvar is proud of Steve Ivers.

She's proud of what he helped teach Moffat County's young people.

And she is not alone.

The Moffat County Commission - with members who said they had never seen ordinary residents feel strong enough to make such a request - unanimously approved a motion Thursday to rename one of the Loudy-Simpson baseball fields in Ivers' name.

"If someone changes one person's, one kid's life, that's a lot," Commissioner Saed Tayyara said. "It's really remarkable the fact that some of us are committed enough to do that. We should be proud of that."

Ivers has dedicated his life to youth baseball, softball and hockey, among other activities, Sadvar said.

And, she said, sports teach so much more than how to play games.

"It teaches leadership and the games of life," she said. "You're learning how to step up, meet challenges. Win gracefully and lose gracefully."

Perhaps it's those qualities that draws Sadvar to Ivers.

If battling cancer for the past two years is the most taxing, most harrowing challenge Ivers will face, he never let it stop him, Sadvar said. That is the ultimate testament to what he means to the people around him.

"With this whole last two years, this whole struggle," she said, "he's really challenged himself to the biggest contest ever. I'm proud of his fight.

"He is an amazing person."

Commissioner Tom Gray said the outflow of support from the community showed what Ivers meant to Moffat County.

"Just the fact that people are willing to show up at meetings to ask for this shows that Steve really did make an impression," he said.

Jackie Roberts, who attended the Commission meeting and first proposed naming a Loudy-Simpson field after Ivers to the county, said she will coordinate with county Parks and Recreation officials to design a plaque and coordinate a dedication.

Ivers and family members could not be reached by press time.

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