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Wilders provide hamburgers and hot dogs at tennis matches

Tailgate tradition started in 2000s


Ian Wilder talks with a parent while his son Watch presides over the grill, and hungry athletes, Bradley Wilder, background left, and Aiden Derr, right fix up their burgers. - Jacob Wagner photo

Ian Wilder competed at the state level in tennis for the Coulee Dam Beavers in 1964. Now, he serves hamburgers and hot dogs at the same courts to the home team and visiting teams alike, free of charge, out of the generosity of his spirit.

Wilder humbly says he does it "just to support the kids."

"There are three reasons why people like to come to Grand Coulee to play," said Raider Head Coach Steve Archer at a home match against Oroville last Thursday. "One is the caliber of our team giving good competition, the other is we have the best courts in the league, and the third is because Ian W...

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