Nov. 23, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - When it comes to true dedication and commitment to Fresno State athletics, few fans hold the intense love of the game that Arpie Dick does.
A graduate of Fresno State in 1957, Dick and her husband, Ted, became actively involved in Bulldog athletics through support of the Bulldog Foundation almost ten years after obtaining a degree in elementary education. From that moment, Dick was hooked on all that is Fresno State and since then, has evolved into a super sports enthusiast.
From football to men's and women's basketball and baseball in the spring, Dick takes in a Fresno State sport for every season, and she rarely misses a game, even games that have taken them on the road going the distance.
"My husband and I love to travel and we've gone as far as Hawaii to see the Bulldogs play," said Dick. "We used to have tailgates at football with 40-50 people and we love supporting the student-athletes."
Dick's lively spirit is displayed every game through her Bulldog-themed necklaces and whistles she wears around the neck to heighten her cheer for the `Dogs. She also often wears festive earrings to accompany her accessories to add a fun mood to each game.
"I have a collection of about 500 whistles," said Dick. "I have some necklaces that have dog bones on them or the red and blue."
A kind native of Fowler, Calif., Dick has been a member of the Central Valley community for over 50 years. In her home just south of Fresno, Dick has dedicated an entire room to the Bulldogs, where the walls are plastered with photos and autographed memorabilia from years of attending Bulldog baseball, football and basketball events.
"I was never really into sports in college," said Dick. "But coming out to these games gets me out and putting the remote down."
Arpie and Ted are fixtures for Bulldog student-athletes, always coming down courtside while the teams warm up before games to get a closer look and say hi to her the coaches and favorite student-athletes. Over the decades, they have built life-lasting friendships with those students they have helped raise scholarship dollars for.
Once the game starts, Dick will be leading cheers in section 109 of the Save Mart Center at midcourt about 15 rows from the floor. With her whistles and Bulldog spirit, she cheers on her beloved Bulldogs.
Ted and Arpie attend a variety of Fresno State functions, including team awards banquets and ceremonies. You only have to spend a few minutes around her to understand her love for the Dogs. It's contagious.
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