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Three Putnam athletes awarded memorial scholarships

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- The first Richard "Dick" Green Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to three Putnam County athletes.

Green, known as an ardent soccer promoter and coach, died Aug. 25, 2012. The scholarship fund was established to recognize Green's contributions by awarding scholarships to players who exemplify the values he both lived and coached, according to a news release.

Green served many years as a recreation league coach, a travel team coach and girl's high school soccer team coach at Hurricane. After retiring, he remained active as the assistant coach for both Poca and Nitro High School Ladies Soccer Programs.

"Green instilled in many young women character traits that will serve them the rest of their lives; i.e. hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, and goal setting," the release states. "He made hard work fun and passed to them his love of soccer each and every day. 'You have to work hard to play hard. You have to play hard to win.'"

The Richard "Dick" Green Memorial Scholarship recognizes young women who demonstrate their love of soccer and represent the values Green emphasized when coaching. The player must be in good academic standing having a minimum overall GPA 3.0, played a minimum of three consecutive high school seasons, and be from one of the three teams he coached (Hurricane, Poca and Nitro High Schools).

The educational scholarships are awarded on a one time basis to higher education bound individuals, without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. The scholarships are also not based on financial need. Each candidate submitted a written application; including an essay on "How has your life been influenced by soccer," and a letter of recommendation from the individual's coach.

The 2013 Recipients of the The Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarship are:

Hurricane High School: Taylor Nichole Morton

Nitro High School: Annie Margaret Johnson

Poca High School: Marissa Elaine Perkins

The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers who knew Green and his love of soccer. Funds to support the scholarships are raised through private donations and Richard "Dick" Green Memorial Soccer Tournaments and Soccer Camps.