Interview with Bill Wagner, Sportswriter at The Game Haus
We at Dreamscape can never predict the amount of support we will receive. A recent successful fundraiser, hosted by Sierra, MissSunshyne, was a mix of effort and passion! After raising a whopping $2,000 for Anita Rutland, we saw an influx of what we like to call “Sharing The Dream”. This is how we connected with Bill Wagner, one of our donors during the event, and an online journalist who writes for The Game Haus. We reached out to Bill to learn more about his interesting background.
As the official umpire of the game, Bill was caught off guard. “What should I do?” he thought, “I guess this is okay, I don’t see anything wrong about this.” Bill’s spur of the moment thought process let this beautiful moment happen. The video eventually went so viral, that Bill got interviewed by Sports Illustrated! Wagner states that this moment was, “the greatest show of sportsmanship ever displayed.” We couldn’t agree more!
Bill repeats that the fun of friendly competition has helped him in ways he could never imagine. Living most of his life with a speech impediment, he had a hard time communicating early on. During his time umpiring, he found some interactions difficult, especially when he needed to communicate with coaches and players. After some time though, Bill explained that he has “picked up some tools on how to deal with it on an effective basis.” He went on to say, “The funny thing about all that is when I’m on the court or field I really don’t have a problem!” His passion for the game partnered with the fast-paced tempo keeps Bill focused and acting upon instinct while minimizing the effects of his speech impediment.
In conclusion, Bill is someone who loves what he does. Despite his speech impediment, he does not let anything stop him from who he wants to be. Whether that be a loving father, a game journalist, or a passionate sports official. You are in control of your destiny!