Richard Hauck often stated, “A friend in sports is a friend for life.” Richard dedicated his life to coaching and mentoring young athletes. He always emphasized the positive and measured the quality of individuals over the skill level they brought. He was generous, committed, and loved by thousands of young Edmonton athletes.
Richard was fondly known as the Candy Man – his kindness of heart was also noted by opposing teams because he always shared his bucket of sweets. Win or lose, it was the celebration of the game that mattered most.
He began his volunteering career in the early 1960s. For the next four decades Richard, with his sense of humour and gentle manner, was an inspirational force behind local baseball, basketball, softball and hockey leagues.
Richard was the president of the North East Basketball Association, and a director and coach with the Edmonton Warriors Athletic Association. He devoted countless hours on boards for numerous community teams and leagues, including world softball championship committees. Richard raked sports fields, counted money at casino fundraisers, welcomed citizens at sports registrations, and collected equipment and uniforms for his athletes.
Both the North East Basketball Association and the Edmonton Warriors Athletic Association presented Richard with a Presidents Award. He is a past recipient of the Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.
Sadly, Richard passed away in 2009 at the age of 63. In the hearts of countless citizens, he was the supreme builder of dreams who will never be forgotten.