(left to right) Casey Wilson, Keimon Jefferson and Kidarius Gaint holding their award (Source: WALB)
Keimon Jefferson will attend Clark Atlanta University (Source: WALB)
Keimon Jefferson was born with a bone growth deficiency in his right leg (Source: WALB)
The participants competed in a tournament following the ceremony (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The 23rd annual Strokes for scholarship golf tournament wasn't just for bragging rights and cash prizes.
It was about uplifting three recent graduates by funding their journey into higher education.
Excitement filled the eyes of everyone looking on at Grand Island golf course Saturday morning. Three young men were awarded scholarships totaling $4,500 to further their education.
Casey Wilson graduated from Westover and will attend Mt. Union University.
Worth county's Kidarius Gaint is heading to Georgia Southern, and Monroe High's Keimon Jefferson will study at Clark Atlanta University.
Terron Hayes is the basileus of the Albany area graduate chapter (Eta Omicron) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity who hosted the event.
He said today was all about the kids.
"Parents were very appreciative of that so as long as we have breath in our body," said Hayes. "We're going to continue to serve Omega and serve this community in the best way we can."
Jefferson will us his portion to study biomedical engineering in the fall. He was born with a bone growth deficiency in his right leg and has worn an ankle foot orthosis his whole life.
He never used it as an excuse. In fact, it drives him.
"My parents they always told me whatever you do, do it your best," recalled Jefferson. "So I really didn't have any challenges growing up. It's just adapting."
Adapting earned him this scholarship. Adapting helped him graduate in the top 10 percent of his class, and adapting is how he was one of four Monroe students to graduate with a diploma and an associate's degree.
He's more than equipped to tee off on his journey.
"I can be able to relate to both patient issues and doctor issues," said Jefferson. "And I can help change the world for wounded athletes and athletes such as myself."
Dreams like his is why the frat brothers and donors gathered this morning. The reuniting of old friends on the golf course had its fair share of laughs, but Hayes and his brothers see the bigger picture.
"It's fun, but its work," said Hayes. "And whenever we work we take it serious. When you have educated men getting together to achieve one purpose, one common goal, the results are just astounding."