Jan 10, 2013
Coaches Rally To Support Family Of Coach Killed In Crash

Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2013/01/10/Northwest-Ohio-coaches-help-loved-ones-of-Delta-mentor-Cory-Sprow.html

Area basketball coaches are rallying around the family of one of their own.

Cory Sprow, 38, died last week from injuries he suffered in a Dec. 26 crash in Fulton County. The Delta Elementary School principal was a former middle school teacher and a longtime coach of the Delta High School boys basketball team.

Now, members of the Ohio District 7 Basketball Coaches Association are organizing fundraisers for Mr. Sprow’s family, in memory of their fallen colleague.

Several teams have held or will hold “Ball for Coach Sprow” nights, where game balls are raffled off to fans after the game. Brian Vorst, president of the coaches association and Rossford High School’s boys basketball coach, knew of at least five schools already that have organized events. More are holding similar fund-raisers independently.

Mr. Vorst, who called Mr. Sprow a “giving and selfless person, said basketball coaches are often away from their families for much of the winter season. Mr. Sprow had just become principal this year and was out of the winter basketball grind when the crash happened.

Now, [Mr. Sprow] was out of coaching and he was able to spend more time with his family, Mr. Vorst said. As a coach, you kind of look back and reflect, and you value what’s important.”

That’s why coaches have decided to raise money for the Sprow family.

“It’s just a terrible loss for the coaching fraternity and the Delta community, said Jeff Overmyer, past president of the coaches association.

Game balls from both the boys and girls basketball teams at Otsego, for instance, will be raffled this week as part of the fund-raiser. Otsego Local Schools Superintendent Adam Koch said the idea was just to make a nice gesture to the family.

, Coaches Rally To Support Family Of Coach Killed In Crash

Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2013/01/10/Northwest-Ohio-coaches-help-loved-ones-of-Delta-mentor-Cory-Sprow.html

Area basketball coaches are rallying around the family of one of their own.

Cory Sprow, 38, died last week from injuries he suffered in a Dec. 26 crash in Fulton County. The Delta Elementary School principal was a former middle school teacher and a longtime coach of the Delta High School boys basketball team.

Now, members of the Ohio District 7 Basketball Coaches Association are organizing fundraisers for Mr. Sprow’s family, in memory of their fallen colleague.

Several teams have held or will hold Ball for Coach Sprow” nights, where game balls are raffled off to fans after the game. Brian Vorst, president of the coaches association and Rossford High School’s boys basketball coach, knew of at least five schools already that have organized events. More are holding similar fund-raisers independently.

Mr. Vorst, who called Mr. Sprow a “giving and selfless person, said basketball coaches are often away from their families for much of the winter season. Mr. Sprow had just become principal this year and was out of the winter basketball grind when the crash happened.

Now, [Mr. Sprow] was out of coaching and he was able to spend more time with his family, Mr. Vorst said. As a coach, you kind of look back and reflect, and you value what’s important.”

That’s why coaches have decided to raise money for the Sprow family.

“It’s just a terrible loss for the coaching fraternity and the Delta community, ” said Jeff Overmyer, past president of the coaches association.

Game balls from both the boys and girls basketball teams at Otsego, for instance, will be raffled this week as part of the fund-raiser. Otsego Local Schools Superintendent Adam Koch said the idea was just to make a nice gesture to the family.






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