Anyone familiar with Hamilton Central Schools' Dave Rhyde knows he is always the very picture of the well dressed high school boys basketball coach.
That could change this season. Rhyde is making a sartorial sacrifice in the name of cancer research.
Dr. Dave Haswell, whose son Josh plays for the Emerald Knights, created the idea of Rhyde wearing any tie he is presented provided it comes with a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer, a favorite good cause of Rhyde's. Haswell and his wife Lori made the first donation, which Rhyde wore for the recent Rome Catholic game.
If fans have a tie they would like to see Rhyde wear on the sidelines during an upcoming Emerald Knights game. they only need to contact Dr. Haswell, whose practice is located in Sherburne.
This is just the latest effort by Rhyde and the HCS basketball program to raise money for Cancer. There have been several Coaches v, Cancer fundraisers in previous seasons. And, in February of last season, teams raised money to assist two friends of HCS and its athletic programs, Mary Jones and Jim Broedel.
For Rhyde, there is a personal reason to be involved in raising funds for cancer victims and research into curing the disease. Rhyde's son Nick was afflicted with the disease several years ago.
While Rhyde has to wear the tie, it may be his wife Debbie who is most
concerned. She jokes that she always "picky" about what Dave wears, but is
more than happy to support any fashion faux pas that may occur on the Emerald
Knights' sidelines this year.