The late Bob Ware is considered by most to be the greatest Bearcat football player in Anderson County history.
Now, the field on which the team plays will forever bear his name.
The Anderson County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to name the field for Ware, following an impassioned plea by longtime family friend Teresa McWilliams and others at the meeting.
The vote was unanimous in favor of the 1969 graduate of Anderson High School who earned a scholarship to play for the University of Kentucky after being selected to the all-state team and an honorable mention all-American.
Ware, who was voted atop a list of the 50 greatest Bearcats of all time during a poll conducted several years ago by The Anderson News, passed away in 2013.
McWilliams said she and others have worked hard over the past two years to get the field at Hollie Warford Stadium named after him, and was thankful following Monday’s vote.
“I went to school with Bob and he was a good friend of mine,” said McWilliams, standing alongside Bob Ware’s wife of 39 years, Pam.
“Pam and I cheered for him in high school.”
Pam Ware teared up while discussing her late husband and how much it means to have the field named for him.
“It’s such a great tribute to a wonderful man,” she said. “It really helps me remember my husband.”
Current football coach Mark Peach offered his support, adding that plans will be developed in how to honor Ware during a football game later this year.
Source: Anderson News (Lawrenceburg, KY) – Wednesday, January 13, 2016