As part of the Swing For Life organization, the teams will play what is being called “The Pink Game” to help support Woods Cross coach, Steve Drott. Drott is fighting multiple myeloma, a serious form of cancer.
Dave Fox, whose daughter is a member of the Woods Cross team was contacted by Swing For Life organizer, Kathy Howa, about hosting the Pink Game. The response was as exciting as a grand slam.
“About a month ago, Kathy Howa called me and asked about the idea of Woods Cross hosting a ‘Pink Game’ for Coach Drott,” said Fox. “I thought it was great, Freddie (Fernandez) loved the idea, and (Woods Cross principal) Vickie Ingram signed off on it as well. As chance would have it, we decided on Friday, May 1, as we host Bountiful as the perfect game.”
When Fox called Howa to tell her the game was on, she was actually in Butch Latey’s office at Bountiful High.
“Coach Latey was on board right away,” Fox said. “It was great.”
Latey said he was honored to have he and his team part of something so important.
“This is exciting, and I’m pleased we are able to be part of it,” he said. “Everyone understands there are more important things in life than sports. This is real life and our players are happy to be involved.”
Howa has arranged to have shirts made for both teams. Woods Cross will wear pink while Bountiful will wear grey.
There will also be a silent auction throughout the game with several great items, including autographed softballs from USA Softball team members Cat Osterman and Laura Berg. All of the shirts the girls wear during the game will also be auctioned.
Donations at the entrance to the game and all of the funds raised will go to help the Drott family as Steve battles this illness.
“Steve is such a great guy, great husband, father, teacher, friend and of course coach,” Fox said. “We are all praying for him as he battles this illness, and this event is a way to not only bring awareness to this cancer, but to help out the Drott family as Steve wins this war!”
He also highlighted the teamwork.
“It’s great to see both schools, Woods Cross and Bountiful who are intense rivals, come together for this cause.”
Fox’s daughter, Keli, who has played for Drott, added her feelings. “We’re really excited for the Pink game.
“Coach Drott is a great man! I was sad and really angry when I first found out about his cancer,” she continued. “He doesn’t deserve that...no one does. But I know he will beat this! He’ll be back coaching us next year.”
Drott has been moved by the gesture and is looking forward to spending as much time at the event as possible.
“This is a wonderful thing,” Drott said. “I appreciate everyone from both teams doing this for me. Most people have been touched by cancer and I’m here to show people, especially these kids, that you don’t quit. Life throws you curve balls and you just don’t quit.
“I plan on beating this illness.”