Among the tens of thousands of purple-clad fans cheering on Kansas State University in Greater Phoenix next week, at least five of them should look familiar. That’s because these K-State alumni are making a profound impact on the city they now call home.
Thomas Hill and Brad Nelsen are taking lessons learned at their alma mater to make their mark on the Phoenix business landscape. Hill, a former Wildcat football player, takes inspiration from Coach Bill Snyder in how he runs his boot camps that are improving the fitness of Phoenix-area children. Nelsen graduated from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design — which the New York Times called one of the nation’s best — and designs Phoenix-area landmarks.
Scott Pasmore and Dan Manucci are the face and voice of Phoenix, respectively. Pasmore helps area residents get their day started as the news anchor of “Good Morning! Arizona,” and Manucci scores big with listeners to “Calling All Sports with Roc and Manuch” on The Fan AM 1060. Both bleed purple, the university’s color, and proudly show their spirit.
Sharon Bates is a Phoenix philanthropist and a Wildcat by choice. Although she never attended the university, she considers herself a K-Stater through and through. She heads the Anthony Bates Foundation, named for her son, a K-State football player who died of sudden cardiac arrest at age 20. Bates takes to heart a mission to screen children across the nation for the condition.