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Hail to the Fan: Dorothy Mason
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Hail to the Fan: Dorothy Mason

December 01, 2016

Hail to the Fan runs in each issue of Hail Varsity magazine and features some of the more unique stories of Husker fans around the globe. This story appeared in Volume 5, Issue 14 of Hail Varsity. To read more great stories like this, subscribe here.


Dorothy Mason can’t remember if she was 92- or 95-years-old when she first started watching Nebraska volleyball. She laughs thinking about it, because it feels like a long time regardless. She’s 102 now and time has done nothing but grow her love for the Huskers.

“I like sports,” Mason said. “I saw [a volleyball match] once and I liked it. It was right up my alley.”

Mason keeps a printed Nebraska volleyball schedule with her at all times. She even has a handwritten schedule hanging in her room, guaranteeing she’ll never miss a match.

“I love those girls,” Mason said. “I never miss a game as long as I can watch it.”

And there are not many opportunities for Mason to miss a match. Depending on what channel it’s on, she can either catch it on her own TV or she’ll head down to Seneca Sunrise’s – the assisted living facility where she lives in Ravenna, Nebraska – activity room to watch.

Several other folks will often watch a match with her, although she knows she’s the biggest Nebraska volleyball fan around.

“There’s several [that watch],” Mason said. “Some of them think I’m crazy.”

But Mason isn’t crazy. She just loves the Nebraska volleyball team and will do whatever she can to make sure she gets to see her “favorite girls” in action.

“When I was home, and I’ve been [at Seneca Sunrise] three years, I’d call different places in town to see when the game was going to be and so forth,” Mason said. “One [game], a fella said he was about 10 miles out and I called him and said, ‘The game’s tonight, Bob. I can’t watch it because it’s not on my TV.’ He said, ‘Oh, that’s too bad’ and came and got me, and I went out to see the game at his place. Wasn’t that nice?”

As Mason noted, she likes sports. That means she also likes to watch football, basketball and baseball. In fact, she even played baseball growing up.

“I played baseball when I was young,” Mason said. “I pitched. It would be such a hot ol’ day in the summer and we’d go to Sumner (Nebraska) and such to play games. I don’t know how I stood all that heat but I liked it.”

Mason is originally from Mason City, Nebraska. While she’s now closer to Grand Island, she said that part of Nebraska “suits her just fine.” She’s been to Lincoln for a football game once before, but she’d rather just watch it on TV.

“It’s easier to see the play,” Mason said.

At 102, Mason is still just as busy today as she’s ever been. You can thank her son and daughter-in-law for that. She doesn’t mind, though. She’s up for doing whatever and going wherever.

As long as Nebraska volleyball isn’t playing, that is.

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