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Next week, the Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Nuggets in a crucial game to determine potential home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The game will draw not just local but national attention.

Win or lose it will be bittersweet for many long-time fans of the Grizzlies.

Don PoierIt’s hard to see the Grizzlies playing in Denver without remembering the tragic loss of Don Poier. Don was the voice of the Grizzlies for every year from inception until his untimely death on January 21, 2005 from an apparent heart attack. Poier was more than just the voice of the Grizzlies. He also lent his talent to the EA Sports NBA Live Series from 1999-2003 making his voice the voice of the NBA for many children unable to see the game live and in person.

One thing that does make it easier remembering that day is the Don Poier Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created in 2006 to honor the Grizzlies play-by-play man. The scholarship is designed to assist well-rounded Memphis City School students who demonstrate strong character and are actively involved in both their school and their community. A scholarship is awarded each year during the student’s senior year and is applied to the tuition expense of their freshman year in college up to $1,500.

I am mentioning this because the deadline for application has been extended this year until March 11th. This means that college-bound seniors from the Memphis city schools may still apply. If you follow the link above, you will find an application for the scholarship. The criteria is as follows:

  • Excellence in academic performance
  • Community involvement and active citizenship
  • A personal statement
  • Acceptance to an accredited college, university or post-secondary institution

To be honest, I don’t know how many students will read this but hopefully the word will get out and a deserving student will receive the financial aid needed to make their dream of a college education a reality.

I think Don would appreciate that. Things like this only happen in the movies and in Memphis after all!

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