Basketball Tournament Raises Funds For Mason Scholarship

Basketball Tournament Raises Funds For Mason Scholarship
Posted on 01/18/2023

The November 2022 Robertson County Schools Basketball Jamboree was held at White House Heritage High School to raise money for the Stephanie D. Mason Aspiring Educator Memorial Scholarship.  Efforts culminated on Thursday, January 5, with each participating school presenting a check to the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation for the scholarship fund.

Mason’s memory is dear to all who knew her and is kept alive through this scholarship and other projects and endeavors.  The jamboree is one of the most recent of these efforts.

Under the guidance of former Springfield High basketball coach Micah Rochester and current White House Heritage High basketball coach Carl Miller, the Jamboree began in 2021.  It has the blessing of the TSSAA, which allows for a jamboree that doesn’t count against allotted team scheduling.  All 5 district high schools compete with a boys and girls team. 

“The goal in mind from the get-go was to help the Mason scholarship,” said Miller.  “Participation is more than supportive.  It’s kind of a showcase for each school that the kids love.  It’s right before the season and they get to come and compete against their county rivals.  It’s a good day!”

The one-day fundraising event combines team competition, 3-point shot competition, and dunking competition for guys.  Additionally, a hospitality room is available for educators and coaches to relax and visit during times their school is not represented on the court. 

Ultimately, the goal is to fund the scholarship in Mason’s name.  Her passion for education was heart-felt and each year one graduating senior who is an aspiring educator is awarded $1,000 from the scholarship in Mason’s memory. 

Miller summed up the motive behind the jamboree saying, “It’s more than basketball.  What Ms. Mason did for this county, and what she’s meant to so many people in this county, and what she’s done for so many students in this county makes a day like this more than worthwhile.”

“It’s not about any one person, coach, or team,” he continued.  “The purpose of what we do is these kids and future students and that’s all that matters.”

This year’s jamboree donation to the scholarship was $1,550. 

 

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