Wayland Athletic Boosters is proud to recognize Tom Andrews with 2015 Booster of the Year Award
Tom made enormous contributions to his community and school district. He served in the Thornapple Township EMS, Wayland EMS, and as a Reserve Officer in the Allegan County Sheriff Department. Tom also helped coach T-Ball, youth baseball, youth football, was an umpire for Dorr Rec Dept., was involved in Boy Scouts, and was an important member of the Wayland Athletic Boosters.
When Tom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Medullary Thyroid Cancer in 2007, his odds were not good. Statistics showed that two years was the average life expectancy. Tom did not let the diagnosis get to him. He went on. In 2010, as the cancer began to spread, Tom was able to get into a Clinical Trial for a new drug being tested. He went on living his life and giving his all. Though he could no longer work, Tom was not one to sit idly. He decided to get involved in the Wayland Athletic Booster program.
Tom started attending Booster meetings and soon became a member. When he became Vice-president, he turned his attention to running concessions. He spent countless hours in the summer cleaning and organizing the concession stands, upgrading equipment, ordering product to feed the masses, and organizing volunteers. This was a colossal undertaking. He worked with Athletic Director Justin Wilson, New Life Church – whose members dedicated many hours in concessions, and Kris Shyne who made sure Tom never missed his son’s kickoff. Tom tried to be at each concession event. At times, he would be there before noon and work until the start of the game, and then stay late to clean up and count money.
When Tom became President, he had big dreams of how the Boosters could grow in the years his daughter was in high school. He was responsible for many accomplishments, including the development of the Booster logo we all see. Tom wanted to find a way to bring the community together, promote the Boosters program, and have some fun along the way and so the idea for the Booster Bash was born. When Tom saw how effective banners and end zone signs were at other schools, he proposed the idea to the Boosters and the AD office. Tom had many plans for the future including new program books and advertisement opportunities. He worked side-by-side with AD Justin Wilson to bring those ideas to realization. Though Tom did not live to see some of his ideas come to pass, his hard work laid the foundation for the Boosters to see them to completion.
When the time came to open concessions in spring 2015, Tom became very ill and was hospitalized. He could no longer ignore the direction his health was taking and made the decision to step down as president and hand over concession responsibilities. A community Celebration was organized for Tom, and he was profoundly touched that so many attended. At the end of spring of 2015, Tom lost his battle with cancer. His family can’t say thank you enough for all the support this community gave to Tom in his last months. He loved Wayland and devoted so much of himself to it. During his battle with cancer, Tom found purpose and gave us a vision to carry forward.
“It has not been easy following in the footsteps of such a great man and hard worker. I am honored to continue to move the Boosters forward and to bring many of Tom’s ideas and plans to life. We are having a fantastic year and that is thanks to Tom’s time and investment in our organization.” –Shelly Whitley, Booster President
“Tom Andrews was a remarkable man. I will forever remember his kindness and work ethic. His selflessness and dedication serve as a daily remainder of what is truly important.” – Justin Wilson, Athletic Director
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Today’s wrestling match with TK is rescheduled for tomorrow at 6pm in the aux gym.
All evening activities have been canceled. No practices this evening. Competitive Cheer has been rescheduled for 2/8. Wrestling reschedule date is yet to be determined. Please be safe.