Over the weekend, James and I went home to attend Granddad’s Fort Hays State University Sports Hall of Fame Induction. Granddad has been scorekeeping for the basketball games at FHSU for over 50 years. The write up in the Hall of Fame announcement says:
“Eugene Fleharty has been a constant supporter of Fort Hays State Athletics both in service and financially for over 50 years. Eugene and his wife, Jo Ann, are members of Fort Hays State’s Difference Makers. They were major contributors for several of the recent improvements at Tiger Stadium (softball) on the campus of Fort Hays State University. He has served as the official scorekeeper at Fort Hays State home basketball games for over 50 consecutive years, a roll he still serves to this present day. Fleharty was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University from 1962-1999. He was Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for 11 of his 37 years at FHSU.”
Saturday morning James and I joined Grandma and Granddad, Mom and Dad, my Dad’s sister Debbie and my cousin Ann, and my granddad’s brother Gerald and his wife Cindy for a brunch and the induction ceremony. (I accidentally missed James in this picture!)
Campus was so gorgeous. I wish we had gotten more time to walk around campus, but I was able to snap a quick picture out the window of the Union. James and I both went to FHSU. Being back on campus was special, we definitely missed seeing the seasons change this fall.
During the speeches introducing some of the other inductees, Granddad walked over and gave me this note. I laughed out loud. The Huskers were tied at the time, but went on to win the game. I was sure to keep him updated throughout the rest of the brunch and ceremony.
Funny story, during my parents’ wedding (October 1st), Granddad actually had a radio in his suit pocket with an earphone in, listening to the FHSU game. The man loves his sports, and he isn’t afraid to show it!
FHSU Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke introduced Granddad, and he and Dr. Mirta Martin, the new FHSU President, presented him with his Hall of Fame plaque, and then Granddad said a few words.
I can’t believe James and I never took a picture here… this is at the top of the spiral grand staircase in the FHSU Union. Go Tigers!
After brunch and the induction ceremony, we had a few minutes before the football game. Mom and James and I picked up Ava to take to the game, and we stopped to see Jasmine at Indigo, and to get a Bubble Tea! I don’t think Ava loved trying bubble tea, but she did love Jasmine.
We went to the game, and the weather was perfect. So perfect. FHSU ended up losing to Northwest Missouri State, but it was fun nonetheless! Ava had fun watching the dance team and cheerleaders, watching the band at halftime, and meeting Victor E. Tiger.
After the game, Grandma, Granddad, Mom, Dad, Aunt Debbie, Ann, James and I went to Gutierrez for dinner. It’s our favorite restaurant in Hays, and it was tasty! Once dinner was over, we went back to Mom and Dad’s and had S’mores. Grandma didn’t think she had ever eaten a S’more, so she had (maybe) her first S’more ever!
It was a really fun day, I was happy to spend so much time with family, and to see Granddad accept his well-deserved award. Read about the rest of our visit back home in Hays here.