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Southern softball tournament a fundraiser for Sgt. Maynard Scholarship

Crystal Cook, Development Coordinator, R. Stacy Dingess, Interim Chief External Affairs Officer, and Tammy Toppings, Executive Assistant to the Chief External Affairs Officer, representing the Southern Foundation, hold up a banner for the Cory Maynard Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will sponsor the event on Saturday, August twelfth. at Ted Ellis Field at Chapmanville Regional High School. The tournament is a fundraiser for a scholarship in Maynard’s name for first responders and their immediate families.

MOUNT GAY Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is organizing a softball tournament this month in to raise funds for the Sgt. Cory Maynard Memorial Scholarship.

The tournament is set for Saturday, August twelfth. Multiple teams will compete at Chapmanville Regional High School's Ted Ellis Field.

Initially planned as a match between the Southern Biscuits, the college's softball team, and another team, Crystal Cook, the Development Coordinator, revealed, "As news spread about our mission and the cause we were supporting, more teams expressed interest in participating."

Southern transformed the single game into a full-blown tournament in response to the overwhelming support. Cook added, "We aim to make this event and scholarship a true testament to Cory's legacy."

Dr. Pamela L. Alderman, President of Southern WV Community & Technical College, expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming tournament.

"We are proud to host the Sgt. Cory Maynard Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament, and it is heartwarming to witness the overwhelming support from various teams and individuals eager to honor a fallen hero and contribute to the education of our dedicated first responders and their families," President Alderman said.

Admission to the event is a modest $5 per person or $15 per family, with all proceeds going directly to the Sgt. Cory Maynard Scholarship. The tournament starts at 9 a.m.

The scholarship stands as a tribute to Sgt. Cory Maynard. He was gunned down in the line of duty in Mingo County in June. The scholarship celebrates his spirit of benevolence and dedication to the community he cherished.

R. Stacy Dingess, Southern's Interim Chief External Affairs Officer, highlighted its purpose: "This scholarship seeks to support first responders and their immediate family members pursuing further education at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College."

Dingess elaborated, "The scholarship is open to all study areas, including degree and certification programs. Eligible recipients must be either first responders or immediate family members of those serving in the police, fire, emergency medical services, and dispatchers across city, county, state, or federal levels."

To maintain a fair selection process, Southern will award the scholarships based on the standard application procedure, strictly adhering to their established financial aid guidelines.


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