I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.
Hi, I’m Matt Thomas, and I grew up across the street from the Gotts. My condolences to his grandchildren, Grandma Gott, Mrs. Gott, Kim, Jeff, and Tommie--I know you’re Tom now, but to me you’ll always be Tommie, and Grandma Gott will always be Grandma Gott, and Mrs. Gott, Mrs. Gott, and Coach Gott will always be Coach.
I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).
Conventional thinking throughout most of Indiana is that the best athletes and sports teams are produced within a fairly tight radius around of Indianapolis.
I just need to say, "Thank you." My little boy has been playing football since the age of 5 - when his little neck muscles could barely hold his head up wearing a helmet. Over the years, he has been through many changes, growing and becoming the person he is today. I am overwhelmed with the options he faces, never knowing how hard it might be to have so much available for his future. As hard as I tried over the 17 years of his life, nothing has impacted him more positively than his football family.
My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.
During Doc’s time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did – everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.
History eventually repeats itself, in a way. The problem is, often too much time passes waiting for good stuff to happen again.
Now almost 10 years ago we started this crazy mission, and the cliff notes version has been a story made up of one part innovation, two parts madness, three doses of perseverance, and a relentless response to the question of what good news do you have to share.