Benner/Sports and Letters and Opinion and High School Sports and Sports Business

Gene Cato was true sports booster

November 17, 2008
Thanks for the mention of Gene Cato in [Bill Benner's Oct. 27] column. My son played football and basketball with one of Cato's grandsons in Zionsville. I did not know who he was when I first talked to him. He came up to me and complimented my son's play in late grade school or high school. I thanked him and we chatted a little. I didn't learn until several months later who he was. I just knew he was one of my son's teammates' grandfather.

He was as supportive of a fan as you could ask for. He loved to watch the kids play sports. Zionsville High School had a moment of silence before the national anthem for Cato at their sectional game. I agree that it was sad that the local media did not give his passing a little more coverage. We all lost a true supporter of high school in Indiana.

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Dave Barthelmes
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