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Fundraiser is success to help Boardman athlete get needed equipment

July 24, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On July 14, a community fundraiser was held for two-time OHSAA Track and Field State Qualifier Micah Beckwith at Carmella's Restaurant in Boardman. Micah is the first Boardman track and field athlete to compete in the seated events. Seated events are for athletes in wheel chairs that permit them to compete in a variety of events. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has sanctioned the 100, 400, and 800 meter events as well as the shot put at the State Meet since 2013.

As a freshman at Boardman, Micah earned All-Ohio honors at the State Track Meet in three events and this past year as a sophomore he earned All-Ohio honors in two events. For the past two years, Micah has rented his racer chair for competition for approximately six months of the year.

"Now it was time for him to own his own racer chair and the community embraced the idea," said outgoing Boardman Athletic Director Denise Gorski, who along with husband Dan Gorski, spearheaded the fundraiser.

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Boardman track standout Micah Beckwith is pictured with his high school coaching staff: Coach John Phillips Sr, Head Boys Track Coach John Phillipsm (they both coach Micah in his track racing events), Former OSU and NFL Quarterback Mike Tomczak, and Coach John Pallini (Micah's throwing coach).

The Gorskis teamed up with Carmella's Restaurant owned by the Ahlswede family from Boardman and Mike Tomczak, former Ohio State quarterback and 16-year NFL quarterback to make the fundraiser a reality.

Gorski said the support of the community has been overwhelming. Over 225 tickets were sold at $25 each and the day of the event included a 50-50 raffle and auction.

"When the fundraiser concluded, approximately $10,350 was raised for Micah to purchase his own racer chair that he can train in year round," Gorski said. "The actual cost of the chair can range between $4,000-5,000 so the Boardman and Valley community far surpassed the amount needed."

By having his own chair, Micah will be able to train year-round to improve his chance of bringing home a state championship. The event turn out pleased Gorski.

"The outstanding support from the Boardman and Mahoning Valley communities clearly exceeded our expectations for Micah to purchase his own personal racing chair," she said. "The remainder of the money [raised] will be used for extra tires, spare parts, and training camps."

If anyone is still interested in supporting Micah, donations can be sent to the Boardman Athletic Office in care of Denise Gorski at 7777 Glenwood Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44512.



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