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BENEFIT

“I Love Lynzee” car wash today

Gabriel/Jordan Buick GMC will be the site for today’s “I Love Lynzee” Project car wash, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the benefit car wash will go to help fund a scholarship for a Kilgore High School student in the name of former Kilgore student athlete Lynzee Ford, who lost her battle with Leukemia two years ago. Other proceeds from the “I Love Lynzee” fundraisers go to help provide blankets for Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, and to the Tyler chapter of Make-A-Wish.

YOUTH SOCCER

KSA registration today; late sign-up next Saturday

There is one more regular sign-up date for kids who’d like to play in the Kilgore Soccer Association’s fall season.

The KSA hosts another registration day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the youth soccer complex just off Highway 135. Late registration day will be next Saturday, Aug. 19.

The KSA is for boys and girls, and they have to be four years old before Dec. 31. Registration cost is $80 per player, and any child that didn’t play in the spring session needs to bring a birth certificate to sign-ups.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Built Ford Tough awards back for 2017

The weekly Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program is back for its 12th season in 2017.

The program allows fans, coaches and media to nominate special performances each week in each of the UIL’s classifications (1A through 6A).

Since 2006, more than 670 outstanding Texas high school athletes have been honored. Many of the winners have gone on to collegiate and professional careers.

Fans, coaches and media can nominate athletes at playeroftheweek.com, as well as catch up with winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details.

Nominees must meet three criteria: individual on-field performance, including significant statistics; contribution to the success of the team through individual leadership; and academic success and good community citizenship off the field.

  Additionally, fans Fox Sports Southwest is again teaming with Ford and Texas Ford dealers to keep up with award winners through its weekly television show. Each week, television crews will travel to communities across Texas, spotlighting players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The half-hour Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program will air on Saturday mornings.

At the end of the regular season, Ford and its advisory board will select one student-athlete from the 11 weekly winners to be the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in each classification. Following the championship games, honorees will once again be recognized at a banquet.

OUTDOORS

DU announces scholarship program

Ducks Unlimited has announced a new scholarship program to support its varsity (high school) club chapters. Begun in 2003, the DU Varsity program now includes more than 50 clubs in 22 states, including Kilgore High School, which recently ranked best in Texas and seventh nationally. In 2016, these clubs combined raised more than $347,000 to support DU’s conservation work.

The new DU scholarship program is one response to this need. Ducks Unlimited will award 61 one-time scholarships annually. Amounts awarded will vary according to the scholarship. DU will award 50 Varsity Scholarships of $500 each, 10 conservation Scholarships of $1,000 each, and one $10,000 National Scholarship.

 The scholarships will be awarded through an application process, which will be open from Oct. 15 to Jan. 15 each year, beginning in 2017. Applicants must be graduating seniors and DU members and must provide their high school transcript, a statement describing their DU member/volunteer history and a list of all service or academic awards received. Additionally, applicants must submit a 300-word essay describing their most memorable outdoor experience and how it impacted their view of conservation.

 Doug Schoenrock, DU’s senior vice president and advisory to the president for the National Youth and Education Committee, will appoint a volunteer committee to evaluate the applications. Evaluation will be based on a weighted scale emphasizing volunteer history/leadership and overall academic excellence. All identifying information will be removed from the applications prior to submitting them to the committee.

 All scholarship recipients will be notified by April 15 and their awarded checks will be sent to their college or university prior to registration. Additionally, the recipients will be featured in the Ducks Unlimited Magazine and announced at the DU National Convention.

For more information about the DU Varsity Scholarship program, contact Mark Horobetz at (901) 758-3892 or by email at mhorobetz@ducks.org.

Special thanks to Richard Harrison for this DU item.

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