Day of Hoops raises funds for Capt. Scott Pace Scholarship

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Participants showed their certificates after learning basketball skills from their coaches at the Day of Hoops clinic.
Participants showed their certificates after learning basketball skills from their coaches at the Day of Hoops clinic.

BRAWLEY – The Captain Scott Pace Memorial Basketball Clinic tipped off Saturday morning at the Gateway Church Gym with a packed house of young basketball athletes ready to learn and sharpen their basketball skills under the tutelage of experienced valley coaches and former high school players.

In what was a fun Saturday, children of all ages were on hand, ready to learn the game from local coaches Andy Burnett, Wheeler Morgan, Rahshan Overton, Robert Christianson and Phil Grant.

“Teaching kids about the game of basketball and the values within the Pyramid of Success, all in Scott’s name, was truly a privilege,” said coach Andy Burnett of the successful event.

Scott Pace was a scholar-athlete and captained the Brawley High Basketball team during his senior year in 1997.

After high school Scott attended BYU, went on a mission’s trip for his church, and then transferred to West Point were the scholar- athlete played on the Varsity team as he studied Nuclear Physics.

Scott rose to the rank of captain and flew OH-58D Kiowa helicopters.

On August 6th, 2012, Captain Scott Pace piloted his aircraft into harms way while aiding his fellow soldiers on the ground during a firefight in Afganistan. His helicopter was shot down during enemy fire.

“Scott would be so pleased to see his teammates, coaches, and family members all coming together to serve the youth in our community. A great day, a great clinic with great kids all to honor a great warrior who was an amazing person,” said Judy Grant.

Admission was free, but donations for the Captain Scott Pace Scholarship Fund were accepted. Boys and girls from kindergarten to 8th grade are given instruction on dribbling, shooting, passing and other basketball skills. This year the scholarship committee gave out three scholarships totaling $3000.