Caleb Dimmich Memorial

November 9, 2015

IWU went 2-0 this past weekend at the Caleb Dimmich Memorial, defeating #7 Union and Great Lakes Christian.  The games honor the life of Caleb Dimmich (read about his impact and see the locker room named after him here).  Caleb’s father David is an assistant coach for the Wildcats.  David focuses on player relations and has been an instrumental part of the Wildcats recruiting success, including the signing of Lane Mahurin.  Lane is a junior for the Wildcats and was named Mr. Hustle at the 2014 NAIA National Tournament as well as an NAIA 3rd Team All American as a Sophomore. 

This past weekend marked my third time participating in the Caleb Dimmich Memorial that pays homage to a former Wildcat who I never knew.  I remember going in to the games as a freshman and not having a full grasp on the importance of this weekend...that was until I got to participate and see what it meant to this program. 


Dave and Kristin Dimmich were an instrumental part of my coming to IWU.  We have a team and program that acts and functions like a family, and I quickly realized that the Dimmich’s are as much a part of the family as any of the coaches or players.  I discovered that the games that honor their son meant much more than normal.  I was playing for a brother I never got to know, and I was playing for a great man gone far too soon. 


I have learned who Caleb was as a man by witnessing the strength and trust in God that the Dimmich family displays.  Anyone who knows Kristin and Dave understands how much they do for others.  They always seem bright, genuine, and loving rather than bitter for their loss.  They live out the ‘I Am Third’ life that has founded the work of this team. 


Now that I am a junior and have seen the inside of the program, the Caleb Dimmich Memorial is one of the most important weekends of the season to me because we truly play for much more than a win, but with love and for the memory of a great man from a great family.


Lane Mahurin, Junior