The 12 finalists from each grade and their fathers were treated to dinner downtown and a trip to an evening Drillers' baseball game, where the Father of the Year, Rudy Klopfer
, threw out the first pitch. Rudy's
11-year-old son Anthony, who won the sixth-grade spot, wrote that he
dad's time spent coaching soccer, basketball and baseball.
"My dad teaches me everything I need to know," Anthony wrote. Rudy
five children and wife of almost 15 years to Fort Gibson from Las Vegas at the beginning of the year to take the job as chief operating officer of the Muskogee VA Medical Center
The large Klopfer family makes dinner together a top priority despite their busy schedule with the kids' sports.Soccer season just wrapped up for four of the kids, and Rudy
coached three of the teams.
It makes for long days, but Rudy wants to give his
children something he
never had: a father.He
father died in a car accident before he
was born, leaving Rudy's mother to raise three sons on her
"That's really my passion as a father," Rudy