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Letter to the editor: Cancer victim Caleb Spady's mom thanks Frank Anderson

Oklahoman Published: May 9, 2010
The first Caleb Spady Award will be awarded to an outstanding OSU player next fall. Coach Anderson, having grown to know Caleb and his character, developed a remarkable list of traits that will be exhibited by this player.

We are so grateful to him! There was never a doubt in our son’s mind that he would one day play baseball for the OSU Cowboys. Though that dream will never be reality, he will always be a member of the team, thanks to Coach Anderson.

And, his kindness and generosity has spread to other kids as well. Kendria Cost, who is in charge of OSU Coaches vs. Cancer, has tapped Coach Anderson and his players for at least one visit from some kids affected by cancer, and they did an outstanding job of reaching out and making those children feel special.

There is so much that this man does that is evidence of his outstanding character. We have 3 living boys who are all athletes. It is so important to us that their coaches be men of character — that they not only train them in their sport, but that they also train them to be good men. Coach Anderson is the epitome of a coach with character.

And he seeks no accolades or recognition. He always chooses to remain anonymous and behind the scenes — just like he did when he first reached out to Caleb and began blessing our family beyond measure!

Thanks so much for your article. I wish people really knew what a kind, generous man of character he is — though I don’t know that they’d cut him a break if they knew. We certainly have a new perspective on what matters in all of life. And we finally realize that there is more to baseball than winning every game.

— Kim Spady


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