Jimmy Hans Wild Foun­da­tion cel­e­brates 10th an­niver­sary

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RIS­ING SUN — When Jimmy Hans Wild died at 25 in 2007, his friends and fam­ily wanted to find a way to keep his mem­ory alive and sup­port the val­ues that he held in life.

“Af­ter my brother died, his friends got to­gether and wanted to keep his mem­ory alive,” said Richard Par­sons, Wild’s brother, ex­plain­ing that they de­cided on set­ting up a foun­da­tion in Wild’s name: the Jimmy Hans Wild Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion’s mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to Par­sons, would be to “pre­serve Jimmy’s legacy through pro­vid­ing ath­letic and ed­u­ca­tional en­rich­ment in the lo­cal com­mu­nity through a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, vol­un­teer work, schol­ar­ships and char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions.”

Par­sons said Wild was al­ways ac­tive in sports and had taken an in­ter­est in golf, so the foun­da­tion board de­cided on a golf tour­na­ment to raise money.

“Jimmy was an avid sports fan,” Par­sons said. “He did es­pe­cially like bas­ket­ball but he also liked golf.”

The first out­ing, held in 2007, brought 120 golfers and raised around $5,000. Each year af­ter that raised around $5,000 and at­tracted around 80 golfers.

“It’s been con­sis­tent for the past nine years,” Par­sons said. “I think the first year we had the most.”

The out­ing has usu­ally been held at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Golf Club, but to­day’s out­ing is at the Chisel Creek Golf Course in Lan­den­berg, Pa.

Par­sons said he never ex­pected the an­nual golf out­ing to last 10 years but “hope­fully it goes an­other 10 years.”

All of the funds are do­nated to dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and causes in the area.

Ear­lier this year, the foun­da­tion do­nated $5,000 to the Ricky Burns Foun­da­tion, which was started af­ter Burns was found to have a brain tu­mor af­ter suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion.

The foun­da­tion once bought uni­forms for a bas­ket­ball team at the YMCA. At Ris­ing Sun High School, they cre­ated a $1,000 schol­ar­ship in Wild’s name.

And, in 2015, the foun­da­tion do­nated $20,000 to sup­port the con­struc­tion of Calvert Re­gional Park, just 2 miles from where Wild grew up. The bas­ket­ball courts are named in his honor, and a plaque was erected to re­mem­ber him.

“It’s price­less. We’re for­ever in debt. The fam­ily is for­ever in debt to the foun­da­tion mem­bers who made it hap­pen,” Par­sons said. “We wanted some­thing more to where it catered to what Jimmy en­joyed when he was alive, and that was, by far, bas­ket­ball. He was al­ways play­ing and al­ways watch­ing.”

“If you read the plaque,” Par­sons said, “it says the games played on the courts are for Jimmy.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RICHARD PAR­SONS

This memo­rial in Calvert Re­gional Park hon­ors Jimmy Hans Wild, who died in 2007 af­ter a car crash. A foun­da­tion in his name con­trib­uted $20,000 to the park.

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