The fourth group of winners seem to be a perfect fit with the goals of the Childers-Everett Scholarship Fund committee.
Five senior student-athletes, one each from the public high schools in Leon County, were awarded $1,000 checks on Thursday in a ceremony held at Lincoln High School.
The winners were selected on the basis of their athletic achievements, scholastic successes and off-the-field accomplishments. The scholarship checks are donated in memory of Bill Childers and Jimmy Everett, who each spent a lifetime supporting athletics in Leon County before being diagnosed with ALS.
“These winners represent everything that this is about,” said former Leon/FSU football star Sam Childers, speaking on behalf of his family and in honor of his father. “They exemplify education. They excel in the classroom and excel on the field. They are another great group of students to earn this scholarship.”
This year’s Childers-Everett winners are:
** Lincoln’s Dani Ekberg, a four-year starter in softball who will play at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala.
** Rickards’ Treasure Glover, who competed in varsity volleyball, flag football and weightlifting and will attend FAMU.
** Godby’s Astrid Martinez, who competed in varsity girls’ soccer, tennis and cross country and will attend TCC.
** Chiles’ Cleveland Richardson, a football player and wrestler who will compete in both sports at Northwestern College in Iowa.
** Leon’s Will Smith, a varsity baseball player the past two years who will attend Florida State in the fall.
Former Lincoln and FSU pitcher Tyler Everett spoke on behalf of his family and his late father, Jimmy.
“To keep this legacy going for both families means so much to us and I hope it means something to the kids so they are able to take something to help them in college,” Everett said. “I know they will put it to good use.”
Leon County Schools director of athletics Ricky Bell said the Childers-Everett fund will host a 5K race on Oct. 19 to serve as the group’s annual fundraiser. The race will be run at Apalachee Regional Park, which has hosted NCAA regional events and state-championship meets.
That race will be held just before the county hosts the middle-school state championship meet. Bell said runners can register for both races at flrunners.com.