Something that most people do not know about me is that starting in mid-March for a three-week stretch there are pockets of time when I can be very hard to reach. I don’t answer the phone, return texts, post to Facebook, send e-mails or even answer the doorbell.
And I know I’m not the only one who hibernates here in Buffalo Bill’s Yellowstone Country this time of year. (The bears don’t count.)
That’s right, I gladly go all in for March Madness, both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Championships. I watch the selection show and try to guess which #12 seeds will upset the #5 seeds (it happens every year), and I imagine that I will correctly call the first time a #16 takes down a #1.
And when the championship games are completed, I have mixed feelings about the tournaments ending and knowing that if they lasted any longer they would just not be as good. Reminds me of opening that last present on Christmas.
So you can imagine my excitement when, in the midst of all the craziness, I learned that famed basketball coach Bob Knight was coming to our town and on April 28 will be the featured speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Yellowstone Recreations Foundation. AND the next night he will be back in a more informal setting and providing an opportunity for the general public to listen to his philosophies and stories.
The Spring Fundraising Dinner will be Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and will cost $100 per person. On Saturday, April 29, An Evening With Basketball Legend Bob Knight will be held at 7 p.m. at Cody Sweitzer Gymnasium. Adult tickets are $10, and students get in free.
These two events will support the foundation founded in 2007 with the mission “to provide safe, affordable and educational recreation opportunities that enhance quality of life and promote economic development.” Specifically, the foundation succeeded in reopening our Sleeping Giant Ski Area in 2009 and constructing the Sleeping Giant Zipline last year.
The not-for-profit foundation is headquartered here in Cody and is led by a volunteer board and an office manager. You have heard me sing the ski area’s praises for the past few years, and I believe we’re so fortunate to have this great local ski area as well as a terrific group of people who made its existence happen.
Will I be attending? You betcha. I’ll be there with a list of questions I hope to ask Coach Knight. I want to know if he was happy that this year’s Men’s Final Four featured teams comprised of mostly upperclassmen instead of “one-and-done” players. What would he like to see changed to make the college game even better? Does he still own any of those great sport jackets? Does he miss the good old days coaching at Cuyahoga Falls High School?
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and adding to my list of questions for Coach Knight – in Cody, Wyo.