Patty Williams, Fishers Resident

Dearest Indy,

As a born and raised Cincinnati girl, I had never imagined any place that I would rather live. It was where I was born, raised, schooled, met my husband, and gave birth to our two girls. We cheered on the Cincinnati Reds, the Bengals, and the Cincinnati Bearcats. Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Kenny Anderson, Boomer Esiason were king. We celebrate our German heritage, do the “Chicken Dance”, eat LaRosa Pizza and our Skyline Chili. We enjoy the riverfront, fountain square, Labor Day fireworks, and Octoberfest. Cincinnati was HOME!

Sadly, I had to leave my beloved home so that my husband could pursue new job opportunities. This led us to a year in Valparaiso, IN, 10 years in Toledo, Ohio. Ending up here in Indy 17 years ago. We were finally only two hours away from Cincinnati and I was thrilled.

At first, I took every opportunity I could to go back to my hometown even if it was just for the day. However, as we got more engaged in life in Indianapolis my trips became a lot less frequent. Our girls completed high school, went off to college, and played college athletics. After graduating, my youngest got an internship with Indiana Sports Corp. I missed not getting to watch my girls compete on the field and this gave me the inspiration to volunteer for the events that Indiana Sports Corp ran and sponsored.

The first event I volunteered for was the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and this is when my “love affair” with Indianapolis began. I had such a great time getting to know the Indiana Sports Corp staff, the other volunteers, and seeing all the kids compete. It filled a void that had been missing and I loved every minute of it. I continued to volunteer and worked a variety of events from the Big Ten Football Championship Game, to the Men's/Women's Basketball Final Four, the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials - just to name a few. I was getting involved in events that I may have never considered attending and for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was giving back. It was a LOVE for Indy that I never felt before and inspires me to continue volunteering today.

So, thank you Indianapolis for being a “Sports Town”. For putting us on the map with our Colts, the Pacers, the Indians, the Indianapolis 500, and all the many college sports championships you host. For opening up our city to all the fans who visit here so that they too can enjoy all you have to offer. But especially for being a city where I am proud to live and now call HOME!

Your Biggest Fan!,

Patty Williams

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