GRANVILLE – Tim Davison and his wife, Sarah, had to get a new Blue Aces flag for their front porch.
The former one was signed by players and coaches from Granville’s 2015 state softball champions.
“One of the parents asked to fly it in Akron (for the state tournament),” Tim said. “That one got retired.”
The Davisons’ home could pass as a Granville girls hall of fame, a testament to their nearly 25 years of volunteering for various sports. Their golden retriever is named Acey, suggested by their niece, and they are the Advocate’s Blue Aces’ Favorite Fans.
“We don’t have any kids of our own. We always tell people that these are our kids,” said Tim, a 1974 Granville graduate.
He keeps the scorebook for softball, and he also shoots video for volleyball and girls basketball along with girls soccer during tournament runs.
“It’s primarily for the coaches, but I do a little commentary and provide the video to families when they want them,” he said. “I also do season highlight videos.”
Sarah keeps the book for volleyball and girls basketball, and she is always making chocolate chip cookies for volleyball, girls basketball and softball. She does senior programs for the three sports plus girls soccer, including photos and profiles of the players,
“I love being around the kids,” she said. “Every time they get a new coach, I’m not sure if I will be doing the book. But it doesn’t matter what I do, just so I’m around the girls.”
The Davisons have worked for Motorists Insurance in Columbus for more than 30 years. In fact, that’s where they met. They lived in Reynoldsburg and Pickerington, working their way east to the Granville district, which they’ve never left.
When they first met, Sarah’s sister played girls basketball for Bexley, which Sarah graduated from in 1980.
“They were playing Granville, and they had Laura Reding, Lea Ann Parsley (future Winter Olympic medalist) and Ellen Bain,” Tim said. “We kind of got hooked. We went to her sisters’ games, then Granville games, then to other sports. They decided to put us to work. We’re pretty much busy the year around.”
The 1994 Granville girls basketball team went to the state, featuring point guard Allison Mullinnex and All-Ohoan Heather Dixon.
“They gave us shirts with the numbers of all the players on the team,” Sarah said. “They called us ‘Loyal Fans.’ “
That led to, Sarah’s Twitter handle: @lbaloyalfans (lady blue aces loyal fans).
The Davisons often work from home, and their home office is populated by various photos, framed shirts and other memorabilia from teams grateful for their services over the years. In their hallway is a huge photo of the 2011-12 girls basketball team that was transposed onto a large blanket. They’re honorary members of the Varsity G Club for high school letter winners. They won the 2009-10 OHSAA Respect the Game award after being nominated by the school, and Sarah received the Distinguished Service Award from the District 11 Coaches Association.
“They’re very appreciative, and they show it,” Tim said. “They dote on us. We have a lot of thank-you cards, and I’ve saved every one. I keep scrapbooks, but I’m way behind on them.”
They actually get to know the girls in middle school because they take them to the Eastern Ohio Basketball Camp in the summer. They serve as chaperones, take the girls water and get them pizza.
“People will come up to us at the games, and ask, do you have kids playing?” Sarah said. “When I say no, they say: ‘Well, why are you here?’ I say: ‘Why not?’ It’s fun to see the girls develop over the years, not just as athletes, but as people. There’s been a lot of tears shed at graduations.”
It’s come full circle. Granville sophomore volleyball and basketball player Courtney Brooks is the daughter of Julie Mack Brooks, one of many former athletes the Davisons keep in touch with.
They go to as many boys events as they can, but not football games.
“By Friday night, we’re usually pretty tired,” Sarah said. “We just take that night off and relax.”
They don’t anticipate taking many off in the future.
“We always laugh about the fact that when we’re older, we’ll still be there, even if it’s in wheelchairs,” Sarah said. “We may not be able to help as much, but we’re still going to be there. I don’t see us giving it up.”