Heart and determination were on display Sunday in the Kohl Center in Madison as the Blue Devils men’s basketball team took on the Wisconsin Badgers in an exhibition game in front of more than 17,000 fans.
The Blue Devils might have lost 85-56, but it was relatively close at halftime, 41-28, and the players never quit right up to the final horn. It had to be a huge thrill for our players to take the court against the Badgers, who recently played for a national championship.
UW-Stout Coach Eddie Andrist commented after the game, “What an honor to come in here and play the Badgers.”
My wife, Debbie, and I joined several other alumni and UW-Stout staff at the game to cheer on our Blue Devils.
The game was part of a fundraising campaign initiated by Badgers Coach Greg Gard and his wife, Michelle, after Coach Gard’s father died of brain cancer.
We were honored earlier this fall to host two Garding Against Cancer events on campus, and I want to thank Coach Gard, Michelle and the entire Badgers organization for involving UW-Stout in this effort.
Coach Gard said after the game, “Hopefully we can continue to raise awareness and help the state of Wisconsin through our efforts.”
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