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2011 News Releases
Scholarship being created by Longwood alumni to honor memory of fellow alumnus
February 24, 2011
A group of Longwood University alumni is raising money to endow a scholarship to honor Army Capt. Shane T. Adcock '03, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
The kickoff event is a fundraising baseball game, called "The Game for Shane," that will be played Saturday, March 5, at noon at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville between Atlee and Meadowbrook High School. Atlee was Adcock's alma mater, and Meadowbrook's head baseball coach, Drew Walker '02, was a roommate of Adcock and, like several other organizers, was Adcock's fraternity brother.
Tickets for the game are $5 at the gate, and children 12 and under are free. Money also will be raised through concessions and raffle tickets. There will be games and audience participation activities every two innings.
"This will be a family-friendly event with a fun atmosphere," Walker said. "The gate will open at 11 a.m., to give alumni a chance to see each other before the game starts. Michael Solaimani and his company, Jump for Joy, are donating a moon-bounce, and between innings we'll play games, including a dizzy-bat race, relays, and a hula contest, since we figured that's something Shane would have liked. Shane was an Eagle Scout, and we hope to have his Boy Scout Troop 521 at the game."
Todd Tinsley '00, a fraternity brother of Adcock, will play the national anthem on the trombone; Adcock's father, Maris Adcock, will throw out the first pitch; and Mike Young '01, will be master of ceremonies.
The organizers named the scholarship the Captain Shane T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship.
"This is a grassroots effort that was initiated by alumni and is all volunteer," Walker said. "To endow the scholarship, we have to raise $25,000 in five years, but we think we can raise $50,000."
The idea for the scholarship originated with Jeromy French '00, who approached Walker and Loren Hatcher '01. "Shane was such a positive influence on campus and was the type of person who was friends with everyone," French said. "A lot of people really struggled with the news of his death. Since we can't bring him back, we see endowing a scholarship in his memory as the next best way to make sure his spirit will always be at Longwood."
Other members of the organizing committee are Dave McWee '02; John Wiggins '02; Walker's wife, Dana Daniels Walker '01; and French's wife, Lisa. French, McWee, Wiggins and Walker are in Adcock's fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau.
"We plan to host events around the state for Longwood alumni," Hatcher said. "We have a Facebook page, set up as a group called the Captain Shane T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship, which has about 250 members. We're trying to get the word out about the scholarship."
The committee has organized events on May 24, Adcock's birthday. "We are planning birthday parties at bars in Richmond and Northern Virginia, since we have people in both areas, and the scholarship will receive a percentage of the proceeds from the bar," Walker said. "We're working on nailing down venues in both the Washington, D.C., and Richmond areas."
Adcock, in addition to being an officer in Phi Kappa Tau, was an ROTC cadet and a member of the rugby team. He was killed Oct. 11, 2006 from enemy grenade fire that struck his Humvee in Hawijah, Iraq. He had served previously in Afghanistan. At the time of his death, he was 27 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Some people going to the baseball game might get there via the "Capt. Shane Timothy Adcock (U.S.A.) Bridge," which carries State Route 835 in Hanover County near Mechanicsville. Signs for the bridge, which was named in Adcock's honor in November 2008 by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, can be seen on Interstate 95 near Virginia Center Commons.
For more information about "The Game for Shane" or future Richmond-area events, feel free to contact Loren Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the scholarship or to make a gift, please email email@example.com.