Stephen J. May Scholarship

Stephen J. May Scholarship free throw fundraiser in memory of well-loved student

October 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

‘Everybody Love Everybody’ was teen’s philosophy by BETH ALTENA Stephen May was known as a peacemaker and liked to see those around him get along. A favorite saying of his was “Everybody love everybody.” In the spirit of that philosophy, friends of the family are raising money for a self-sustaining humanitarian scholarship to be offered in Stephen’s name. There will be an evening of events Friday, Nov. 26 at Assumption Catholic Church Family Center with live music. a silent auction and activities, but prior to that event, the Stephen J. May #10 Free Throw Shooting Contest will take place at Rockford High School on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. “We are all throwing ourselves into this,” said Linda Crosby, who is one of the organizers. She said both events are efforts to keep Stephen’s memory alive with the scholarship and as a way to honor his life. Stephen, son of Jamie and Gerilyn May, was a popular student at Rockford and a three-sport athlete, who died of accidental causes this past spring. Crosby said community support for the May family and events to build a scholarship fund are an indication of how well loved Stephen was. She said organizers continue to be amazed at the response they receive in their fundraising efforts. The name of the contest includes #10 because that was Stephen’s number in varsity basketball, varsity track and in his position as a starting player on the varsity football team. “We had t-shirts made up, thinking the organizers could wear them,” Crosby said. Almost immediately, people asked if they could buy a shirt of their own. Crosby said they have already ordered more of the shirts several times. The shirts are available at Rockford High School on Friday afternoons and cost just $8, with $5 going straight to the scholarship fund. The Free Throw Shooting Contest begins with registration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Rockford High School gymnasium. The entry fee is $5 per person with a limit of three entries per person. Crosby said each entry will allow 10 free-throw shots, so those who enter three times will have 30 shots in which to prove their skill. One hundred percent of all entry fees goes to the […]