photo by Sully Minnick
With spring sports in full swing, all teams are preparing in different ways for the season ahead of them. The track & field team is starting their season with an even stronger urge to succeed.
The track team has decided to dedicate its season specifically to head coach Rob Bare’s wife, Tiffany Bare. Over the past 15 years, Bare has been battling cancer.
“We are competing for something that is larger than ourselves,” said senior Nathan Shutter.
Throughout every track season, Tiffany Bare shows up to countless practices and pre-meet events, encouraging the team with motivational speeches and giving the players a true perspective on life.
“She tells the kids never give up,” said Coach Bare. “When the players look at her and the battle she has had, they know they need to perform and do their best.”
Bare has undergone over 50 chemotherapy treatments during her battle with cancer. The Bare family has traveled all over for hospital visits and checkups, spending a majority of their time in Chicago, where she received most of her treatments.
“When she was going out to Chicago, they actually called her the ‘princess warrior,’ because she has had so much chemotherapy,” said Coach Bare.
The Bare family still manages to imprint a positive attitude toward life on every one of the players on the track & field team.
“They [Bare family] have always been great mentors to me,” said senior Jake Barrett. “With all of their support, we just really want to be there for them as a team.”
Over the course of several years, the Bare family has put countless hours into bettering the lives of high school athletes.
“If we can inspire the kids each and every day and if we can motivate them and encourage them, and if this can be the best two hours of their days, then it’s all worth it,” said Coach Bare.
When Tiffany’s cancer spread this winter, the family soon realized that it was very aggressive. Continuing with chemotherapy would no longer be an option.
The motto for this track season is “Iron Sharpens Iron.” It represents that constant fellowship with one another is the key to success. The players will also be wearing shirts with Tiffany Bare’s initials on the back to show their solidarity.
“We don’t know if she is going to see the end of the season,” said Bare. “So, we are going to dedicate the whole thing to her.”