Cats Surprise Fort Riley Family

The following story is courtesy of MAJ Aaron Welch, G3 Operations, and Laura Stroda, Public Affairs Specialist, 1st Infantry Division

MANHATTAN, Kan. - On July 31, 8-year-old Hayden McGuire received a knock at the front door that would turn out to be the gift of a lifetime. 

Four weeks earlier, Hayden sent a handwritten letter to the Kansas State University athletic department explaining how his father, Sgt. 1st Class Luke McGuire (HHB, 1-7 FA), was deployed for the fourth time to Iraq with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.  Hayden described how he wanted to show his love for his father by surprising him with K-State football tickets when he returns home in October with the "Dagger" Brigade. 

"I want to surprise Daddy because we love football," Hayden stated in his letter. 

As it turns out, the surprise was on Hayden. 

Willie the Wildcat and two of his trusted body guards, quarterback Carson Coffman and defensive end Eric Childs greeted Hayden and his mother, Danna McGuire, at their quarters on Fort Riley to present Family with tickets to the Oct. 24 game against Colorado. 

"I just want to publicly thank K-State for the tickets and special visit, Mr. Earl Robinson of EFMP/Family Advocacy and Stephanie Holloway of the Family Care Center for everything they have done for Hayden and the McGuire family," Danna said. "And of course, special thanks to Willie and the football team. Go Cats!"