Jimmy Hans Wild Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary
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.”
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.