Leacheers We’re having an awful lot of fun in Davidson right now.  We live in the town best known right now as the home of the Wildcats – the improbable Sweet 16 contenders. 

Slade’s been following the team for a while, but the rest of us are jumping on the bandwagon.  I did pick the team to go all the way when we filled out brackets at work.  They laughed at me, but not any more!  You can hear our interview with Coach Bob McKillop here. 

So how about the Davidson College Trustees?  They’ll pay for any student to go to Friday’s game and the round-trip bus fare to Detroit and back and for two nights in an area hotel.  Only catch – you can’t have class on Friday.  No skipping, kids!

We took our kids to the send off rally Wednesday evening, to cheer the team bus on as it left for Detroit.  Lea enjoyed it but Benny didn’t understand why he couldn’t get on the bus!  Of course, as soon as we got there, both of them had to go to the bathroom. We ran into one of the campus buildings and a friendly student helped me find the restroom (thanks!).  Then Lea told me she’s decided when she gets old enough she’s going to be a student at Davidson College.  Go, girl! 

One of the most touching stories I’ve heard through all this hoopla has to be that of Dick Sanderson.  He and his wife, Dawn, are on their way to Detroit right now.  They haven’t missed a home game in two years despite the fact that Dick’s been battling ALS since 2004.  That’s also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  If you’ve ever been to a Davidson game, you’ve seen Dick.  He’s in a wheelchair and he can no longer talk, but Coach McKillop salutes him after the national anthem each game.  The team gave him the net from each of their conference championships the last two years.

The Charlotte Observer profiled Dick Sanderson and his relationship to the team last year.  You can read the article here.  I spoke to Dawn this week and we’re honoring them as our Hometown Hero on WBT this week.   If you’d like to learn more about ALS and some upcoming events, you can check out this website.

Davdison is a very small town – only about 9000 of us live there – but we’re in the big time right now.  Go, Wildcats!!