PHOTOS: Nick Goepper Day In Dearborn County
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Southeast Indiana Olympic medalist Nick Goepper got a parade and much more in his honor on Saturday in Lawrenceburg.
The 19-year-old, who earned the bronze in the ski slopesstyle competition in Sochi, Russia last month, learned it was declared Nick Goepper Day in Dearborn County by county commissioners. During a post-parade ceremony at Lawrenceburg High School emceed by 700 WLW personality and Dearborn County resident Jim Scott, Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr presented Goepper with a key to the city. Lawrenceburg Community Schools Superintendent Karl Galey awarded the Olympian a framed piece of the soon-to-be retired high school gymnasium floor.
Perfect North Slopes owner Chip Perfect even had a surprise for the medal winner: a lifetime season pass to the ski area.
“We knew that Nick was a great skier,” said Perfect. “What we didn’t expect was how well he would handle all of the attention. He’s been gracious, humble, fun. They guy is cool. He’s represented himself, his family, and all of us in a way that we can all feel good about.”
Despite all the accolades, Goepper wanted to make the day about more than himself.
“Not only did I want to come out and enjoy the parade today, but I also wanted to use this opportunity to raise some money for a couple of good causes that I’ve been affected by and seen personally amongst some of my friends,” Goepper said.
“Cystic fibrosis affects a family friend of ours and she’s had kind of a rough go over the last few years. I’ve also got a friend that I’ve gone skiing with a few times and some family members who are affected by diabetes.”
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg made a pair of $2,500 contributions to two charities in Goepper’s name: the American Diabetes Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
You can see photos from Saturday’s parade and ceremony below.