The Fairfield High School boys’ basketball has been rolling on a recent winning streak and their team bus recently stopped by a beloved but ill team volunteer’s home to make sure she knew she’s part of the ride.
The Fairfield team’s bus stopped by former Fairfield Schools’ employee — and for decades a sports volunteer — Sharon Revel’s home on their way to play in Dayton last weekend.
Revel is battling a serious illness and wasn’t able to attend the game, which Fairfield won for its 22nd victory to advance to the Ohio Sweet 16′s prep basketball tournament.
The boys wanted Revel to know that though she can’t be with them in person, they are carrying her and her fight for better health in their hearts, said Fairfield Head Coach D.J. Wyrick.
The team, which played Wednesday night against Princeton High School’s squad at the Xavier University’s Cintas Center in the regional semi-final, came up with the idea to visit Revel stopping the team bus outside her home and showing her the special T-shirts they wear to honor her.
“Her whole family was outside and it was just a really cool experience,” said Wyrick.
The team wears T-shirts while they travel to games — and during pre-game warmups — that display their support for Revel with the slogan “Our Fight” to remind her she has their unwavering support.
Revel, who is undergoing medical treatment and was not available to comment, traded fist bumps with the players who leaned out the bus windows to greet her.
“It’s a life lesson,” said Wyrick. “It helps them understand that basketball is just a small part of life but also it lets them see the impact they have on people in the community.”
“Our guys are proud to work hard for the community.”
Fairfield Schools Athletic Director Aaron Blankenship said: “She serves our community so well and we are really appreciative of her.”
Blankenship also volunteers for many other sporting events at the high school in recent years taking tickets and working at the scorer’s table.
“She is one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said the veteran district official.
“Sharon is one of the most caring individuals I’ve ever come across and she just has something nice to say about everyone. She has a true servant’s heart and is very humble.”
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