Dale Wild, the grandfather of varsity basketball player Brendan Wild, was recognized as the 2014 Champion of the Court at last week’s Coaches vs. Cancer Pink Game.
The recognition ceremony took place prior to the start of the varsity boys game with Arcadia Valley on Tuesday at Mike Voigt Gymnasium. Dale Wild was honored both by his grandson Brendan and his son Dave Wild, the court announcer at home basketball games this season.
Dale’s son Dave had the great honor of making the announcement to the crowd that his father had been selected as court champion. Each year, someone from the community who has battled cancer is chosen for the Pink Games as the Champion of the Court.
After giving a brief overview of the seriousness of prostate cancer affecting men in the U.S., Dave presented his father as Champion of the Court. This is what Dave Wild had to say that night, in a prepared statement: “About 17 years ago, a family’s lives were changed when the father of this family was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thanks to early detection and surgery, he is with us tonight. He continues with routine checkups, and we are proud to say that he is still cancer-free today. Our Champion of the Court tonight is a father of seven, grandfather of 14, a proud veteran with 22 years of service in the military, and a fan of the Cuba Wildcats.”
Dale Wild came forward from the crowd attending the night’s basketball action to be recognized and receive gifts in his honor, before being photographed with his son and grandson for the newspaper.