I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
This past weekend we had the honor of attending our 3rd Buzz's Bunch basketball game at the Bradley Center. For those of you who are not familiar with Buzz's Bunch here is a little background as Coach Buzz Williams tells it.
When Buzz was hired by Marquette to coach the Men's Basketball team, he asked the President of Marquette for 2 things. First that his family be taken care of. The second was that he wanted to have a Basketball Camp for individuals with special needs.
My son Tyler have been fortunate to attend 3 of these camps. The camps are held on a Saturday during the summer. The camp is held at the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette campus. The athletes run through a series of regular basketball drills, just like at any camp. Every athlete participates to the best of their ability and are always being encouraged by the Marqueete Men's Basketball team as well as the coaching staff. There is a great deal of interaction between the players, coach's and the campers. At the end of the camp, there has been a gust speaker or Coach Buzz just speaks from the heart. After the camp has ended, there has been a pizza party for the campers and their families.
As part of the camp, each camper is afforded the opportunity to attend a Marquette game. The athletes are allowed on the floor prior to the start of the game to shoot baskets with the team and just hang out with them. The players seem to have as much if not more fun shooting around with the kids. The kids like getting shirts, basketballs and posters signed by the players.
This year, we arrived early that we were lucky enough to get 5 or 10 minutes with Coach Buzz standing at center court. What most impressed me about the exchange was Coach Buzz's keen interest in what it is like raising a son who is non-verbal. I guess after 14 years, I just take so much for granted when communicating with my son. I know most of his wants and I know how to give him choices. But to listen to the questions Buzz was asking my wife, he really wanted know how to communicate with Tyler. It was such a good feeling to see somebody take the time to listen as my wife spoke about some of the challenges we face as parents. The one thing I found amazing in speaking with him is that Buzz's Bunch is one of the few things that you will find his name on in relation to the basketball program.
On behalf of Tyler and the entire Fech Family, we would like to say Thank You to Coach Buzz Williams, the entire Men's Basketball Team, Cheerleaders, Spirit Squad and the entire Marquette Staff that make these couple of days a very special experience for all who attend.