Dick Harmon: Hope is a real thing for BYU basketball coach Dave Rose on Father's Day
“I know how much he wants to help people who are facing similar challenges. I can’t tell you how many times he has visited a hospital with a Jimmer jersey and an autographed basketball to go see a BYU fan who is battling for their life. He takes a player or two with him and he tries to say something to inspire or just make them smile. Occasionally I’ve taken it upon myself to be my dad’s unpaid public relations agent, and I’ve told him he should invite the media to some of these. He told me he would never do that because ‘that’s not the point.’ And then he fired me — just kidding.
“But he did make his point clear. He doesn’t visit these kids because he feels bad for them or because he wants to serve them. He goes to these kids because he’s been there. He knows exactly how it feels. He understands what they’re feeling and he wants to help. That compassion and empathy is something my dad acquired during his own battle with cancer. And as he battled for his life, I found the hope in mine."
The Rose kids have had a lifetime of feeling the glow of the competitive fire that courses through their father. From Go Fish to backyard hoops, they have to win. He taught his kids to water ski, how to mow the lawn, how to rebound, and to enjoy the thrill of a courtside seat, where they cheer on their father as he plies his craft in Division I basketball games. Of all the things he's taught, he has brought them the gift of hope.
“This year for Father’s Day I think I’m going to take the risk and pick out a lucky tie," said Chanell. "Hopefully he’ll be able to wear it a few times before it ends up at the nearest thrift shop."
Concluded Taylor: “This is probably selfish of me, but I picture my dad coaching basketball the rest of my life. He has given me the greatest life and I am so glad that he can be in the spotlight sometimes because he deserves all the credit in the world. My dad is an amazing basketball coach and a wonderful person, but most of all my very best friend.”
Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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