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|Knox Grad Talked about Life and Basketball With Tim Heimann
|One of the former basketball players of the late Coach Tim Heimann was asked to read over the weekend a letter he had written to the coach following his passing March 13, and was intent on not doing it, until it hit him.
"Guess what I heard right then?" 1982 Knox College graduate Kevin Marshall asked. "Coach was sitting right here, (and said) 'You gutless wonder.' Alright, I'm in."
Marshall was one of those asked to speak Saturday morning during the service at Knox College on the court bearing Heimann's name. "You gutless wonder" was one of a number of what were called "Tim-isms" printed right on the service's program.
Marshall did indeed read the letter he wrote, talking about how the two had walked and talked about a lot of things, philosophical and not so philosophical. Marshall says it was those talks that he and so many others had with Heimann, that he won't soon forget.
"We're all better for having humored your Socratic inquiries," Marshall wrote, "and for having engaged in the banter; for you demonstrated that the question is as important as an answer. And that the next question, is even more important to the reformulation of that answer."
Marshall says Heimann coached his players as to the opposing team's weaknesses and their own, while demanding that courage and wisdom always be exercised.
But Marshall says the conversations that always stuck out the most for him, were the ones relating to God, and how Heimann believed the birth of each of his children brought him the closest to the face of a God.
(A large crowd packed Tim Heimann Court Saturday for Heimann's memorial service. Heimann died March 13 at the age of 60, following a battle with cancer. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 29 09 by Newsroom
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