Scholarship, award named for late Eagle

Winthrop University basketball coach Randy Peele wanted to find a way to continue the spirit of De'Andre Adams on the school's campus.

On Thursday, at the close of the annual Winthrop Basketball Camp, Peele named the second winner of the De'Andre Adams Sportsmanship award. The first winner was named at the end of the first camp on June 15.

This award represents all of the qualities that Adams embodied, said Peele.

"What better way to keep De'Andre's spirit alive than to use him to help other kids," said Peele, pointing at the kids on the basketball court. "We are looking for youngsters with heart, somebody competitive in spirit," Peele said. "Great sportsmanship qualities. And just somebody who just loves the game."

Adams, a Winthrop basketball player, died in a car accident in May in Atlanta. He stood 5 feet 6 inches tall, but made up for his size with feistiness and passion that endeared him to his teammates, coaches and supporters.

Also Thursday, Peele announced the inauguration of a De'Andre Adams Memorial Scholarship in front of parents and campers. He added that the goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of the 2007-2008 school year.

The exact use of the scholarship is not yet known, Peele said.

"We are banking on being able to raise the money for a scholarship," Peele said. "That's the most important thing right now."

There have been two basketball camps held at Winthtop this summer. The winners of the Adams award were Dylan Sexton and Dana Vaughns, ages 10 and 9, respectively.

Dylan won the award at the first camp. The funny part about that, Peele said, is that Dylan was coached by Adams at the basketball camp held in 2006.

Dana, who is from Fort Mill, won the award Thursday. "I am excited that I got the award," Dana said. "I worked hard on the floor and have a passion for basketball."

If you want to give to the De'Andre Adams Memorial Scholarship, send donations to:

Winthrop University Foundation, 124 Tillman Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733

For information, call assistant coach Paul Molinari at 323-2129 ext. 6242.