ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — It’s just after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Service High School. Flag football practice is about to begin for the Cougars, but before they get started, head coach Jason Caldarera had a surprise for his team.
Caldarera presented his players with a $500 check to go towards their team, funds raised by a few members of the United States armed forces.
The money came as a surprise to the team, as well as to those who raised it. The campaign was spearheaded by Service parent Steve Young, who’s had three daughters play on the team, and says he wanted to see the girls have the same resources other high school sports have.
“A guy donated $20 to it, and I said I’d donate $100,” Young said, explaining the inception of the Facebook fundraiser.
Young is a software engineer in the military and says the news of his fundraiser would soon reach his coworkers. That’s when Christopher Worker approached Young and told him he had been making t-shirts for his friends, and wanted to help.
“He said whatever I sell from these t-shirts, I’ll give you the profit from it,” said Young.
Less than two weeks later, Worker sold out of his inventory.
“25 shirts later selling them at $25 dollars apiece, $500 adds up really quickly,” Worker said.
Worker's olive colored t-shirt reads LLD (Live Like Dan) in the middle of a black circle at the top of the shirt.
So exactly who is Dan, and what does living like him entail? Worker didn't elaborate in detail about Dan or how he lives, saying only that Dan is a colleague and friend, and the subject of the inside joke.
“After work, we’d be like 'What are you doing after work?' 'Oh you know, some LLDing – Living Like Dan,’" Worker said. "It just stuck, and everyone started saying it. I was like 'I’m going to make a shirt, and you guys should buy some shirts.'”
Worker did not share Dan’s last name, but said he is still alive and proud of what they are doing.
“It was a joke that turned into something good,” Worker said.
There are no shirts left, but Worker says he plans to sell more in the future as a fundraiser for flag football and other nonprofits.