Terry Mason

Decatur's Terry Mason gets hugs from the Big Kings basketball team after he made a surprise donation of new warmup tops.

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- It started with a mystery package, delivered by a gregarious man in a red wool coat.

The cardboard box held brand new warmup tops, and as the Big Kings after school basketball program opened it up, the squeals of joy said it all.

Mission accomplished.

The man's name is Terry Mason, and the Decatur resident was there for one reason: he watched WAND's feature story on the Big Kings and felt a nudge to help out. Mason followed through on that nudge in an act of unexpected generosity.

The kicker? Mason attended Harris School more than 50 years ago. The Big Kings practice and play in the very same gym as Mason's lunchtime frolicking, basketball games and now in present day: his act of generosity.

As WAND's Gordon Voit explains, this is evidence that the community-centric focus of the nightly sportscast is working.

It's formula, according to Voit?

"1) You do amazing things

2) We tell the community about it

3) You respond in powerful ways"



Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur
Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville
Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin
Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian
Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur
Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 
Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois
Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur
Week 9: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski
Week 10: Moe Dampeer
Week 11: Sister Jean, Loyola
Week 12: Reilly Fitzpatrick, Maroa-Forsyth
Week 13: Volunteers of Decatur Turkey Tournament
Week 14: Nick Allegretti, Illinois
Week 15: Taylorville Tornadoes
Week 16: Scotty Gilkey, Eastern Illinois


Week 1: Irina Yeakley, Decatur Christian
Week 2: Ethan Osborne, Mt. Zion Junior High
Week 3: Illinois School for the Visually Impaired Wrestling
Week 4: George Johns, Jr., Holy Family
Week 5: Calvin Carson, Big Kings Basketball
Week 6: Terry Mason, Decatur