HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson Prom 2015 will be one to be remembered for members of the Hornets' Boys Basketball team, but in particular for their manager Will Fain.
KTRE Sports Director Laura Sadler covers the Hornets - and while on campus—Fain jokingly asked Laura to the prom. Sadler decided to challenge Fain to do some community service outside of sports—which is part of her personal platform for athletes: be involved in the community. She said if he did the substantive community service, she'd be his prom date.
“At first I kind of did as like a joke, as a joking matter,” Fain recalled Saturday afternoon after arriving via limousine with several classmates and basketball team members for a group picture at the home of one of the players. “Then when I found out KTRE called the school, to see if I was a good student or not, then I thought it actually happened."
It didn't take Fain long to follow through on the challenge.
“I took some of the other athletes in our Hudson programs,” Fain said, “We went to Lufkin's Boys & Girls Club. And just communicated with the kids: played with them, different sports and activities.”
Sadler actually got proof of his community service in person and saw the teen's commitment to the kids at the Boys & Girls Club. He recruited about ten other students to help out. So, ten days later, Fain's dream became a reality Saturday night April 18th.
"I'm a woman of my word. And a deal is a deal,” Sadler said cheerfully. “He did a great job with his community service project. They volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club. And now I'm here."
Sadler arrived--via limousine service—with a group of prom goers at the home of Dr. Jeffrey L. Glass, of the Children's Clinic of Lufkin, and his wife Dessa. They welcomed the entourage to their home for a group photo. The Glass's son Reed is a senior Shooting Forward for the Hornets.
“My advice to other people is don't be afraid to do anything you want," Fain said cheerfully with his date Laura standing by. "Oh if no one has told her she looks good in blue. She definitely does, that's for sure."
Sadler may have enjoyed the compliment about her royal blue one-shoulder gown, but she was truly in awe of the young ladies dresses—especially in comparison to when she went to her own high school prom…not too long ago.
"This prom seems to have the 'glitz and glam.' I don't think I brought the sparkle that these other girls brought. But they all look beautiful. And it's always good to dress up, look nice and just go out and have a good time."
Sadler accompanied the entourage to dinner and then to the Grand Ballroom at S-F-A for the prom. This year's prom theme was “Enchanted Forest.”