Last week I told you that someone at Robert F. Munroe was a recipient of a 2014 Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc. scholarship. I also wrote that I wouldn't let the “cat” out of the bag until this week. First, let's look at a little bit of history about the DYB scholarship.
The scholarship program was established in 1961 to show a continued interest in former Dixie Youth players. Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc. is very proud that their scholarship program was the first offered by a youth baseball organization and to date has helped over 1,200 young men and women further their education.
One of the driving forces behind this program was one of the founders of Dixie Youth Baseball, Tom Linton.
Sadly, Linton passed away in 2010 but his vision of offering scholarships for former Dixie Youth players will continue to be carried on. To my knowledge there is no other youth sports organization that offers this number of scholarships.
With the five scholarships awarded in the state this year, the number of former Dixie Youth players in Florida now total eighty. Four of those scholarships have been awarded in Gadsden County in the past eight years. Dixie Youth Baseball has prided itself in trying to instill the idea of fair play, good sportsmanship and congenial fellowship to all those who have come through the program. DYB has used Proverbs 22:6 as one of its building blocks for years and it states, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
I'm proud to be able to say that I have known this year’s recipient pretty much since he was born. I can also say that I have seen firsthand this young man use the principles of the DYB program both on and off the field. I have had the privilege of knowing his dad since he was born and have known his dad's family for more than fifty years.
Robert F. Munroe's first recipient of a DYB scholarship is Myles Edwards. Myles is the son of Katie and Joey Edwards of Quincy. Myles will be furthering his education via a baseball scholarship at George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. Hopefully the $2,000 Dixie Youth scholarship will help in offsetting any expenses that his Wallace scholarship doesn't cover.
I know that Myles will put the funds to good use as he goes forward in the next phase of his life.
Hopefully Myles will keep me updated on his progress at WCC and, in turn, I can keep the Herald readers up-to-date on not only his play on the field but his progress in the classroom as well.
Being a member of the Dixie Youth Baseball National Board and its Scholarship Committee is something that I take great pride in doing. Seeing young men and women get one of our scholarships has always been a proud time of the year for me. And when it is someone from your hometown and, even better than that, someone that you personally know, all I can say is thank the Lord for an organization that still believes in the youth of our nation.
Congratulations, Myles, not only on receiving a DYB scholarship and a baseball scholarship to Wallace Community College, but that you are furthering your education while playing a game that you love.