On June 13 and 14 the Milford Athletic Department will host the second annual Tricia Martin Scholarship Baseball Tournament in honor of the former 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 in April 2014. 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 was known for.
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.
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. Last year’s inaugural event brought out overwhelming support from local families and baseball fans alike.
“Last year’s event was a huge success, we raised just short of $5,000 in two days. Last year Tricia’s mom was overwhelmed on the first day of the tournament by how many people showed up and all of the support that was clearly evident,” said event organized Rowand George.
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 is awarded to a graduating Milford male or female athlete desiring to teach and major in education. The requirements include that throughout their high school years the student must “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 consists 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.
The recipient of the first scholarship was Sarah Jump, a 2015 Milford High School graduate. Her GPA was over 4.0 as she also was a three sport athlete, participating in Cross Country, Swimming and Girls Soccer. Jump plans on majoring in Education, either at Salisbury University or La Salle University.
“Dr. Tricia Martin’s positive attitude and confidence instilled traits that define both successful students and athletes. As an accomplished positive role model, she fostered an environment that built self-esteem and encouraged work ethic,” said Rowland George. “Our goal is that Tricia and Taryn’s memory and legacy live on through every graduating class at Milford High School.”
This year’s Tricia Martin Scholarship Baseball Tournament will begin at 9 am on Saturday, July 13 and conclude on Sunday June 14. The Teams participating in this tournament are the two Rockies Scout teams, Rockies Black and Rockies Purple, along with the Caravel Academy Akadema Warriors and Delaware Fightin’s.