WYMORE – Before this season, Wymore native and Southern graduate Jake Diekman agreed to donated a pair of shoes to everyone on the Raiders girls and boys basketball teams. On Friday night, Southern had an opportunity to give back.
Diekman is a 2005 graduate of Southern High School, and is a major league pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
It sounds like the typical small town to fame story, but there’s a twist. Diekman has ulceric colitis, and has had it since he was 10 years old. This has led to numerous medications, and even having his colon removed last month. Once more surgeries are performed, it appears the colitis will finally be out of his life.
He has a passion of helping others with the disease, and started his own charity “Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.” This led to Southern Head Boys Basketball Coach, Zack Emerson, coming up with an idea to repay Diekman for his generosity this basketball season.
The school would end up raising $1,000 for his charity.
“Everyone wanted to pitch in. The cheerleaders made signs for the gym welcoming him back, various groups donated money, the basketball teams had Diekman Texas Rangers t-shirts made to wear during warmups, and a technology class made a video of Jake to be presented at the game Friday night,” said Emerson.
Diekman is expected to be back in action this summer with the Rangers.
Southern swept Thayer Central on Friday night. The boys team won, 56-43, and the girls team came out on top, 62-43.