The Sideliner program celebrates the 60th anniversary in 2017. The Sideliners were organized in 1957 during the final season of Coach Lee Tressel. His concept was to create a group of Massillon supporters that could act as “Big Brothers” for the varsity players. Serving as personal mentors, the members became accessible to the players throughout the season for help in resolving any personal problems that they might have. In many cases, these associations evolved into long-term relationships.
Dick Bordner was among that inaugural group of men chosen to mentor young Tigers. For 60 years Dick Bordner has been a part of the Sideliner tradition. While not assigned a player every year, he remained a true supporter of the great program Lee Tressel organized. Truly touched by the honor of recognition Bordner teared up while thanking everyone for allowing him to be part of the Massillon tradition. Dick spoke briefly of the many players he mentored over the years with apologies for not being able to name everyone.
We are grateful and honored to recognize Dick Bordner for his contributions to the Sideliner Program.
Thank you Dick! Go Tigers!