Ashland Resident Sees "Ageless Dream" Come True at AHS Girls Basketball Game

You're never too old to dream and for 83-year-old Wayne Frink, attending a live sporting event was a dream that finally came true Tuesday night.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 4:05 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 4:19 PM

ASHLAND -- Wayne Frink is an 83-year-old resident of Skylark Assisted Living and an avid sports fan. Spend a little time with him and that much will be clear. 

"He talks about sports all the time. He loves sports. If you get to know Wayne or even talk to him for five minutes, he'll go on and on about sports," Skylark assistant administrator Caley Johnson said. 

His dream for a long time now, has been to attend a sporting event in person. According to him and Skylark employees, he hadn't done that since his high school days. Thanks to Skylark's "Ageless Dream" program, that changed on Tuesday night. 

"We like to do something special that's always been a dream for one of our residents and Wayne's was going to a live sporting event," Johnson said. 

Skylark and Ashland High School teamed up to have him in attendance for their girls basketball home game against Crater on Tuesday. The Grizzlies' team all signed a shirt for Wayne, which he received and wore at the game. 

"It's different than what I'm accustomed to," Frink said, "I don't get out and about like I used to."

That means not getting out in front of a lot of people like he did Tuesday, sitting in the front row, one of the best seats in the house. 

"The last time I stood before a platoon of people, I was in the Army," Frink said. 

Out of the routine of the day-to-day, Frink enjoyed himself as he saw Crater and Ashland battle it out on the court. He said there's just one small thing that would have made his experience even better. 

"I'd like to have my lady friend with me," Frink said. 

His dream of attending a live sporting event already came true, so what's to keep Wayne from continuing to dream big?

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