It is never easy to lose a member of a family, whether they be young or old each family member has to deal with the death of a loved one in their own way.
When Mamie Brisker Pettit died suddenly in 2018 at the age of 40, there were many people who mourned the loss of such a vibrant family member and community friend. Her sister, Carrie Brisker Purcell, and a few others thought it would be a great idea to use a basketball game, something Mamie loved, to create a scholarship in her honor. The Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Purcell to honor the memory of her sister.
Born Feb. 27, 1978, in Hillsboro, Ohio, Mamie was the daughter of Fred and the late Cindy Brisker. She graduated from Minford High School in 1996 and from Shawnee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration in 2000. While in high school, Mamie played several sports, including volleyball and track in addition to basketball. She and her sister Carrie were teammates on the SSU 1999 national championship team, and both are members of the Minford High School Hall of Fame, along with their father. Mamie was also elected to the Shawnee State Basketball Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Association Hall of Fame.
In honor of her sister, the first Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Basketball game will take place at Notre Dame High School, Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. During the event, the Lady Titans will face-off with the Lady Falcons. Additional fundraising activities will include split-the-pot and a bake sale. Proceeds from the event will be placed in the Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund to be used to award two scholarships to graduating seniors, one from Notre Dame and one from Minford High School.
“We just thought it would be a good way to promote the scholarship fund as the scholarship is set up for both a Notre Dame student-athlete and a Minford student-athlete,” Purcell said.
Purcell stated she wanted to do something and setting up the scholarship was one way to give high school children some money in her sister’s name. Purcell shared she wanted to do it with Notre Dame and Minford and choosing a game to raise money was because Mamie played basketball throughout high school and college.
“We hope to have the scholarship for $250 a piece just so we can grow the scholarship and then hopefully next year $500 apiece,” Purcell said.
Purcell got the idea of the scholarship when she and former Shawnee State basketball coach, Robin Hagen Smith were talking and that her cousins, Miranda Estep and Melissa Brisker Cron were helping along with the coaches of both schools, J.D. McKenzie (ND) and Shane Davis (Minford). She said that both the Notre Dame and Minford cheerleaders are going to cheer that evening.
“A lot of my college teammates are going to be there and help,” Purcell said.
When asked about the future games she said that right now they will play each other at Minford next year and they will do it there and then if they don’t play each other after that, they will do one at one of each schools’ games.
Carrie and her husband Matt explained that their children go to Notre Dame Schools and she and her sibling, along with many of their Brisker relatives, attended the Minford Schools.
To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior at Minford and/or Notre Dame High School, have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 and show evidence of excellence in academics and athletics.
An external committee of family members, along with officials from Minford and Notre Dame High Schools, will make annual scholarship selections. Those who wish to apply may do so by visiting www.sciotofoudnation.org and filling out the general scholarship application.
Additions to the Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time. Further information about other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant, Program Officer – Donor Services at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612, or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928
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