Crossing One Off of My Basketball Bucket List
Let me say this upfront. I love basketball. I’d even go so far as to say I’m passionate about basketball.
For the past ten years, I’ve been officiating high school basketball games. So when the season rolls around, it’s a busy few months for me. Fortunately, my wife and son know how passionate I am about basketball and even come to the games I officiate!
Last December, Regan Fackrell, American Family’s East Region State Sales Director, came to my office as part of his plan to meet all the agents in his area. The first thing out of his mouth was, “I want to know about all of these pictures.” You see, I have a collage of photos on my wall of me officiating back-to-back state high school basketball championships in Ohio.
In the course of our conversation, I told him about the High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championship event American Family sponsors every year. The event showcases 16 of the nation's top high school basketball players in a competition during Final Four weekend. I said if there were any way possible, I’d love the opportunity to represent our company. He let me know that he would look into and see what he could do.
To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting anything to happen. About a month later I got a phone call letting me know that it was approved for me to represent our company and be one of the judges for the slam dunk contest! I couldn’t believe it was actually going to happen!
The event was amazing. Just the energy of all of the high school kids was inspiring. I even had the chance to meet Adreian Payne, starting forward for the Michigan State Spartans and 2014 NBA draft prospect. It was great to meet him because I remember officiating his high school games.
This event far exceeded any expectations I ever had or could have dreamed of and it only got better from there. I also had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Final Four games. This was certainly a “bucket list” event and a dream come true. A dream that started with a desire and a simple comment to Regan.
The only thing that would have made this trip better is if Wisconsin would have won!