Thank you for your interest in Sports Backers two new, need-based scholarships being offered in 2018. Both scholarships, each worth $2500, were created in memory of two beloved Sports Backers staff members.
The Cheryl Lockett Oliver Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one college bound senior girl. Cheryl worked relentlessly to expand Sports Backers' reach into underserved communities. Well known for her involvement in the Black Girls Run and Richmond running communities, Cheryl's work at Sports Backers focused on bringing physical activity opportunities to Richmond's most vulnerable youth. We lost Cheryl in the spring of 2013 and wish to honor her life by providing an opportunity to Richmond's next generation of female leaders.
The Raymond Delaware Patterson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one college bound senior boy. Ray's leadership role at Sports Backers during his ten years with the organization resulted in deep connections within the community and enabled Sports backers to expand its mission to include all corners of the Richmond region. Ray was well known for his heart for the community and his ability to see promise in Richmond's most challenged youth. We lost Ray in the summer of 2016 and hope to build a legacy in his honor through this new annual scholarship.