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Second annual Game for Shane to raise money for Longwood scholarship

February 22, 2012

Todd Tinsley '00, a fraternity brother of Shane Adcock, plays the national anthem on the trombone Todd Tinsley '00, a fraternity brother of Shane Adcock, plays the national anthem on the trombone

**Update: The second annual Game for Shane has been postponed until Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. due to the weather forecast.**

The second annual Game for Shane, a high school baseball game to raise money for a scholarship honoring a Longwood University alumnus killed in Iraq, will be held Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville.

The fundraiser for the Captain Shane T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship will feature Atlee, Adcock's alma mater, versus Meadowbrook High School, whose head coach, Drew Walker '02, was a roommate of Adcock and, like several organizers, was Adcock's fraternity (Phi Kappa Tau) 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.

As in last year's game, there will be family activities, including games/entertainment between innings, and participation by several Longwood alumni. Todd Tinsley '00, a fraternity brother of Adcock, will again the play the national anthem on his trombone, Cricket Hayes Smolnik '99, a former Longwood staff member, will head face painting, Phi Kappa Tau undergraduates will sell raffle tickets and help with concessions, and members of Kappa Delta sorority (Adcock was once a KD "sweetheart" at Longwood) also will attend. Adcock's father, Maris Adcock of Mechanicsville, will again throw out the first pitch. Elwood, Longwood's mascot, will make an appearance.

The inaugural Game for Shane, on March 5, 2011, raised a little more than $4,000, and $18,047 has been contributed as of Feb. 20. Some $25,000 will have to be raised within five years for the scholarship to be endowed. The organizers' goal is $50,000.

"Our hope is that the scholarship will be awarded to a Longwood student who most closely mirrors Shane's contributions to the Longwood community," said Loren Hatcher '01, a former Longwood staff member who is among the organizers.

The scholarship, which organizers have described as a grassroots effort, was originated by Jeromy French '00, who approached Hatcher and Drew Walker. Other organizers include Walker's wife, Dana Daniels Walker '01, Dave McWee '02, John Wiggins '02, and French's wife, Lisa. French, McWee and Wiggins, like Walker, are members of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Additional fundraising/awareness events throughout 2011 included birthday parties recognizing Adcock's birthday on May 24,  a memorial walk organized by Longwood's undergraduate chapter of Phi Kappa Tau and a "LUau" organized by the Class of 2011 as part of its senior gift.

There is a Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/151391891586192/) about the scholarship, and it was featured in the Summer 2011 issue of the national magazine of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, The Laurel. For more information about the Game for Shane, call Loren Hatcher at (804) 980-345 or email her at alorenhatcher@yahoo.com, or contact Drew Walker at (804) 938-8170 or fins2theleft@hotmail.com.

Adcock, a 2003 Longwood graduate who was a captain in the Army, was killed Oct. 11, 2006 from enemy grenade fire that struck his Humvee in Hawijah, Iraq. He had served previously in Afghanistan for a year. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.