Faith and Football: Nick Warehime is a Fighter

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:44 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Aug 30, 2010 12:17 AM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sometimes there are events in life that have such a great impact they make everyone remember there is more to life than just football.

For Del City coach Nick Warehime, that truth hit home in a hard way this past May.

Warehime was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had a prostate-specific antigen level hundreds of times the normal amount, which is a sure indicator that something is wrong biologically.

He underwent dozens of rounds of radiation therapy, but with no guarantees.

Warehime will return for more testing on Sept. 13 to see if the radiation was successful.

In the meantime, he is turning to the one thing that can most successfully take his mind off the situation: the game he knows and loves.

Warehime said one of the best things about coaching is being around the kids every day.

“You are around youth,” he said. “Those kids, you just love them.”

The kids Warehime has dedicated his time to are now using his strength as a rallying cry for the season.

The players are dedicating every moment of the season – win, lose or draw – to their coach.

Warehime said his faith and prayer, as well as support from his team, family and friends are going to help him win this year, both on the football field and in life.

“I’m just a regular guy,” Warehime said. “But I have faith that I’m going to come out on the other side of this and I’m going to be stronger than I was when I started.

“There’s no doubt in my mind.”