Who is Luke?

63Games originally started out as Luke’s NCAA Tournament Pool.  Although I am the founder I have many people to thank for helping grow this awesome experience.  The list is long, but here are a few I would like to thank this year…

Kristen, my wife allows me to geek up over March Madness and endures hours of preparation and management. I’m one lucky guy!
In 2003 and 2004 David Hopkins kept the tournament pool alive while I was out of Wichita traveling for my job.  He collected brackets and scored them as well.
David Bayer Helped ease the transition into the web and created the first web site. Without the web we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Jason Cherish has won prize money a couple of times in the past. Every dime he has won has been donated back to the teammate of 63games.  He is a great friend and participant.
Justin Massimo Challenged me to take the next step with our web presence and is now hosting the site and assisting me in development.

 

 

I am a husband and a father to three girls and one son who keep the laughs, pink, and drama alive and well.

I am the Chief Operating Officer for Next LED.  We manufacture outdoor LED digital displays.  www.nextledsigns.com

I am a 2002 engineering graduate from Wichita State University.  I am a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

 

At the Shockers last home game in 2005 I arrived at 6:45, normal arrival time.  It turns out I was unaware that Fox Sports picked up the game the day before and moved the game to an 8 o’clock start time for television.  Therefore I was an hour early.  That hour early put me in the right spot to answer yes to the girl who asked me to particpate in the Half Court Shoot Out.  The game was against rival Northern Iowa.  Midway into the second half I had a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I walked on to the court knowing that I could hit the shot.  When it happened it was instinctual to try and fire the crowd up for the remaining twelve minutes in the game.  Unfortunately, Wichita State got a punch in the gut with one second remaining.  Ben Jacobson of Northern Iowa hit a game winning three from the corner.