On July 5 and 6, the Milford Athletic Department will host the first Tricia Martin Baseball Tournament in honor of the former Milford Central Academy Principal. The event will raise money for the Tricia Martin Scholarship that was set up after Tricia and her daughter Taryn tragically lost their lives in a car accident this past April. In addition to raising proceeds for the scholarship, organizers of the event Diane and Rowland George, hope to share the positive attitude and traits that Dr. Martin possessed.
News of Martin’s death came as a surprise to the Milford community last April as Tricia and her daughter Taryn were tragically killed in a car crash. Dr. Martin was traveling on Barrett’s Chapel Road when, for unknown reasons, she crossed the center line and exited the roadway where it drove along the ditch line before hitting a telephone box and fence. The car overturned into the roadway after striking an embankment. Dr. Martin was inside the vehicle, while her daughter got out to seek assistance from passing motorists. A vehicle was traveling eastbound when it struck Dr. Martin’s vehicle. Taryn was hit by one of the vehicles and thrown on the grass, while Dr. Martin was ejected from the car. Tricia was flown to Christiana Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead and Taryn was later flown to AI DuPont Children’s Hospital where she would later succumb to her injuries.
As the principal of Milford Central Academy, Dr. Martin’s outreach to students, families and the community as a whole was of significant importance. After the fatal accident, Trisha Davis, Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher at the Milford Central Acadmey and friend of Martin, helped to start the Tricia Martin Scholarship to honor Dr. Martin and her daughter. The annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Milford male or female athlete desiring to teach and major in education. The requirements will include that throughout their high school years the student “display and exemplify the positive attitude and confidence that was so much of who and what Dr. Martin was all about.” The committee to select who receives this scholarship will consist of Milford High School Athletic Director, Milford Guidance Department, Trisha Davis,Central Academy Teacher; Sheri Firch, Instructional Technology Specialist – both close friends of Dr. Martin and Tricia Martin’s mother, Mrs. Garrow.
In an effort to help raise money for the scholarship, Diane George, librarian at the Milford Central Academy, wanted to start an annual program that could increase the ability of the fund to help local students. Talking with her husband Rowland that works for the Rockies Pro Scout Baseball Program, the couple decided to host a baseball tournament to honor Tricia’s legacy.
“I thought a baseball tournament would be a great idea to raise funds for the scholarship, because the baseball field is a great place to have fun and the game will be around forever,” said Diane George. “I have been going to baseball games all of my life and I figured what better way to keep Tricia’s memory alive than to have an annual event where people can gather for a few hot dogs and hang out with friends and family to watch our youth play some exciting games.”
This two-day tournament will feature athletes from throughout Delaware and feature five players from Milford High School. Major League Baseball Scouts, Rowland George and Will George will run this program. The players in the program are required to perform community service and as such will work with everything associated with the event including concession stand, field maintenance and collecting 50/50‘s.
“Tricia always loved to have fun and the Milford District has always been about helping others,” said Diane George. “This event will certainly do that by helping a college bound student. Hopefully that student will carry on Dr. Martin’s memory of a positive attitude and confidence to everyone they meet.”
The Tricia Martin Scholarship Fund is an IRS recognized charity so all donations will be tax deductible, checks can be made payable to “Tricia Martin Scholarship Fund”. Individuals wishing to donate can either give any one of the tournament team representatives a check or bring a check to the tournament. If this is not convenient, a contribution can be sent to the “Tricia Martin Scholarship Fund, care of Milford High School, to the attention of Jennifer Tucker. All parties donating upon request, with their check, will receive a letter of recognition acknowledging their donation along with the charities tax ID number.
“Tricia will always be remembered by her smile, laughter and her enthusiasm that she brought to everyone she encountered,” commented Diane George. “She loved being with family and friends to create memories that would last a lifetime. She brought clarity to cloudy situations with compassion, understanding and love. Tricia was a blessing to everyone around her and will be greatly missed.”