Chick-fil-A hosts fundraiser for Wild Bill

It was just over a year ago Aggie basketball super fan “Wild Bill” Sproat, who had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart, was told by doctors a virus was attacking him. These heart complications eventually forced him into critical care. “I didn’t know what was going on at the time, but I definitely took a turn for the worst,” he said. “I’m doing okay now. It’s hard, I have my ups and my downs. But I’m doing okay.” In an effort to offset his mounting medical bills Logan’s Chick-fil-A is hosting a fundraising event for Bill Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 percent of restaurant sales will be donated to Wild Bill. “I know a lot of the athletes from the school are going to come down, I’m friends with a lot of them, they’re going to come down to support it. We are going to have the cheerleaders and I guess some bands are going to come and play. It’s going to be a big party all day long.” Wild Bill’s antics at Utah State basketball games the past two years came to the attention of the sports world during national broadcasts of Aggie games from Logan. It wasn’t something he envisioned for himself. “One of my best friends, (Aggie player) Tai Wesley, tried to get me to start going to the games. I told him, no, I’m not a basketball fan. He finally convinced me and a couple of games after I started going I started taking my shirt off. The next year I started going to games again and it evolved into what it is now. What about the multiple costumes? “I made most of them; I had some help friends who made some. Some people gave me a costume or two to wear but most of them came from me. Jud Eades of ARS sponsored them and provided the money for them this last year. He was great.” Bill admits he’ll never stop attending the Aggie games. “I love the games, I’m addicted now. I’ll never be able to stop going. The rest of my life, as long as I’m in the valley I will always go to Aggie games.” He admits next year he probably won’t be involved in the games; at least he won’t be sitting in the front row, in costume, attempting to distract opposing free throw shooters. “Next year, probably not. I think I’m going to have to hang it up. I’ll probably do it for BYU when they come in for the first home game. But I think this last year was it for Wild Bill.” He admits the medical challenges have set him back; he did not attend school the past year. He has about another year of schoolwork before he graduates from Utah State. “The important thing has been to try and get healthy again,” he said. Chick-fil-A officials said in addition to donating 10 percent of the day’s sales there will be buckets placed throughout the store Saturday for those wishing to donate additional money. “When they (Chick-fil-A) came to me and offered to do this, I was really taken back by the love that was shown. I can’t believe the support everybody has already given me.”

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