- April 7, 2016
- Lyons P&O
“Doug” as he is affectionately called in his local community, was diagnosed with diabetes in the early 1990’s. This ever-pressing illness took its toll on his body and ultimately, 10 years later, led to having both of his legs amputated.
Doug grew up in South Carolina and later went on to graduate from S.C. State College in the year 1968. During his time at college the renowned “Orangeburg massacre” occurred, which encompassed the killing of three unarmed SC State College students while protesting the segregation of a local bowling alley. This event took a significant emotional toll on Doug and he vowed that it should never be forgotten. This event also pushed him to be the best that he could possibly be in all areas of life and drove him to become an outstanding basketball officiator.
It has been reported that Doug has officiated hundreds of basketball games throughout Horry and Georgetown Counties over the past decade. All total he put 39 years of his life into officiating. Recently he was inducted into the South Carolina Officials Hall Of Fame and now he still continues to stay involved in the game of basketball despite being physically challenged with bilateral lower extremity amputations.
It was quoted by one of his colleague officials who officiated beside him for a decade or so that “Sadler has a great basketball mind”. The season is not over for Doug. Though he is now walking with the assistance of prosthetics, he is now working with young officials passing on the knowledge he and other officials have gained with their wealth of experience. Doug credits his success to:
- My God
- My wife, Lenora Mention Sadler (Class of ’63)
- My son, Demial (Corey)
- My daughter, Dawnavese (Cami)
“My family plays an important role in what makes me “tick.” My wife, Lenora, especially was active in helping me schedule basketball games, making phone calls, and explaining to others how I could be reached and when. She taught me how to receive and send information via the computer. She also knew my demeanor after the game. She intentionally would be up when I returned, reminding me not to bring the game home in no uncertain terms. Our children suffered through my absence due to both my officiating and coaching. There are so many things I missed their growing up that I do feel guilty and I know that I can never “turn back the hands of time” to relive the time I have missed with them. You lament and move on. I don’t believe that I am any different from any other person that happened to be blessed by notoriety and success. Each has a debt that must be paid. You will always be missing something. Mine is the quality time with my family growing up. Diabetes is not the only thing that can slow me down. Times of absence slow me down even more. Anyone who can choose this lifestyle will have this debt to pay sooner or later. All readers need to be aware of this because you can lose something with success!!! I did it!!”
Today Doug lives with his wife in Conway, SC. He remains active by walking daily and working with the school system.