LOGAN, Ohio — Logan High School graduate and Gallia Academy junior varsity girls basketball coach Alex Penrod was touched when Blue Angels varsity and reserve basketball players approached him about making a donation and a presentation at Friday night’s Logan-Gallipolis varsity game.
After reading the article in Thursday’s edition of The Logan Daily News regarding today’s Logan Lady Chiefs alumni basketball tournament — proceeds from which are going to the Loryn Cassady Memorial Scholarship Fund — Angels clad in blue wished to honor another angel who used to wear purple.
In less than two days, the GAHS girls raised $100 for the scholarship fund. They made the presentation to Wanda McLaughlin, Loryn’s mother, prior to the tip-off of Friday night’s game in Jim Myers Gymnasium.
Loryn, the point guard for the 2008 and 2011 Lady Chiefs Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championship teams, was killed last summer in an automobile accident.
“The girls took the initiative on their own after I showed them the article in the paper,” said Penrod, who also played quarterback for the football Chieftains. “It’s part of an initiative we have tried to implement with our young ladies about giving back.”
Junior Micah Curfman — who would later play a terrific game and lead all scorers with 24 points — made the presentation on behalf of the Blue Angels.
“Our lives make such a difference on so many,” she began. “How we want to be remembered is how we should live our lives. Our lives will speak for us, so we want to make sure it says what we want it to. We cannot say we knew Loryn personally, but from what people say about her and how they remember her with the Alumni basketball tournament tomorrow, is more than what she could ever say or do.
“The impact Loryn left on Logan High School and all of Southeastern Ohio is something everyone will remember. We believe this is where we really get down to the meaning and purpose of life. The things we believe in are the things we do.
“As you go about your day, ask yourself, ‘How do I want to be remembered?’ Considering that, it makes today so much more important. Make it the best day ever.
“On behalf of the Gallia Academy Blue Angels basketball team, we would like to donate a check of $100 to the Loryn Cassady Scholarship Fund. Our coaches have instilled in us to become better players on the court, but more importantly to become better people off the court. This is part of that development.”
Not to mention a touching — and most appreciated — gesture of kindness.
Craig Dunn is the sports editor of the Logan Daily News in Logan, Ohio.