The 52 year-old Gunnison native has been a law enforcement officer for 25 years and for 31 years he has worked as a sports referee. In every way, he has been a man who has worked to be the best law enforcement officer and sports referee he could possibly be.
Recently, Hopson was named the 2012-13 Delta Official Association's Official of the Year for Fast Pitch Softball.
The honor is one that Hopson is very excited about, as he believes it is important to try to be the best you can be in what ever you do. He also believes what works for him when it comes to being an official is being disciplined, being a leader and being on time.
"It's an honor to be chosen as the official of the year in softball. I am happy that my work on the field was good enough to bring such an honor," said Hopson.
This accomplishment for Hopson is his first in softball, but not his first as a sports official. In 2006, Hopson received the same recognition for football. Last season he had the honor of serving as the umpire in the 2012 1A Slow Pitch State Championship.
When it comes to being a police officer in Rosedale and serving as a referee for football and softball, Hopson said it comes down to simply enforcing the rules and regulations.
"In my job it's all about getting the rules right and allowing the game to be played by the players,” Hopson said. “All any coach wants is for you to get it right. I never want the game to be about me. We never want to determine the outcome of the game.”
Hopson is very appreciative to all his peers whom work along side him on the field.
"Jimmy Reynolds is my mentor. He got me started in this and all year I have been calling with Anthony Dillard and we work well together," said Hopson.
The thing that Hopson says he enjoys the most are the kids who compete in these sports.
"I encourage all schools to make sure they have a fast pitch softball team because not only does it gives the girls something to do, but it also gives them a great chance of getting a college scholarship," said Hopson.