Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29 2013 10:34 a.m. MST

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Rose has taken the BYU basketball program to lofty heights since taking the reins from former coach Steve Cleveland in 2005. Rose has led the Cougars to seven consecutive 20-plus winning seasons and six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He was honored as the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year three times before the program moved to the West Coast Conference.


Rose began feeling so lightheaded on a flight from California to Las Vegas in June 2009 that he couldn't sit up. Paramedics took him off the plane and straight to the hospital, where doctors removed a large cancerous tumor that had spread to his spleen from his pancreas. Rose returned to coaching later that year and his periodic checkups show he remains cancer free.


In the spring of 2010, Rose was named a member of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council. The council assists Coaches vs. Cancer in its efforts to raise awareness and funding. Rose joined a prestigious roster of coaches on the council, including Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).


In 2012, Cheryl Rose was named to the committee that organizes the annual Fight Cancer in Style Luncheon, an event held at the Final Four to give coaches’ wives the opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the fight against cancer at their schools and in their communities.


Rose was the first coach in Utah to participate in the American Cancer Society’s nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign when he was the head coach at Dixie State (1990-97). Dave and Cheryl Rose and the BYU basketball team have assisted the efforts of the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation for more than a decade. In 2008, Rose received the NABC Game Pillar Award for Service and in 2010 he lobbied before Congress for increased funding for cancer research.


The Roses have plans to build a Hope Lodge, the 32nd in the nation, in Salt Lake City. Hope Lodges are run by the American Cancer Society and offer cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.


Visit hopelodgeutah.org to find out how you can support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and bring a Hope Lodge to Salt Lake City.


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USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

"Heroes"? Maybe. Let's just call them really good people who are worthy to emulate. My definition of "hero" is pretty exclusive...maybe 3 or 4 in the entire world and maybe 7-8 of all-time.

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

Where does all the Bologna go?
In the Hero sandwich.

I only agree with Larry Miller, he made a difference.

Like USAlover said, their really good people.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

Steve Young is from the great state of Connecticut. Hands off!

utahutesfanatic
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

I obviously am a hardcore Utah Utes fan, but I have great respect for Dave Rose's off court accomplishments. He is a coach that all Cougar fans should be very proud to have.

Runner
Chandler, AZ

I agree with USAlover. These people are doing good things with their resources but when compared with single parents, our people in the military, good honest God fearing people who do the right thing every day...I wouldn't consider them heroes.

VariedHue
Logan, UT

The article emphasizes sports figure who can be looked up to and emulated. This is opposed to people thinking the likes of Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, O.J., etc. are our examples. Just because someone can ride a bike, hit a ball, run fast, etc. does not mean their lives should be emulated. Each one of the eight are mentioned because of contributions outside of f their athletic endeavors.

Lionheart
West Jordan, Ut

It is noteworthy when people of wealth use that wealth to benefit others rather than pure self indulgence. But there are lots of people who are not in the limelight because of athletic ability or wealth who use their meager means, time, effort, etc. to serve others and are just as much worthy of admiration and emulation.

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