Student-athletes from across Butler County got some assistance because of a Cincinnati Reds legend many know as the Ol’ Lefthander or Hamilton Joe.
The Nuxhall Foundation, named for the late Joe Nuxhall, the Reds Hall of Fame pitcher and former announcer, announced scholarship awards for 26 college-bound student-athletes from high schools throughout the county. The scholarships are from one of the foundation’s legacy projects, the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The recipients will be honored at the annual Nuxy Bash on July 30 at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. The recipients are:
- Leo Hoppa (Badin High School)
- Samantha Lorei (Bishop Fenwick High School)
- Keenan Norton (Bishop Fenwick High School)
- Trevor Allen (Cincinnati Christian High School)
- Lauren Barr (Cincinnati Christian High School)
- Elizabeth Allen (Edgewood High School)
- Radical Rothermel (Edgewood High School)
- Samuel Crawley (Fairfield High School)
- Isabelle Ritzie (Fairfield High School)
- Lilly Arvin (Hamilton High School)
- Curtus Moak Jr. (Hamilton High School)
- Nick Rabin (Lakota East High School)
- Jasmine Walker (Lakota West High School)
- Mitchell Weckman (Lakota West High School)
- Layla Youtsler (Madison High School)
- Kelten Salyers (Madison High School)
- Josiah Nelson (Middletown High School)
- Nora McGuffey (Middletown High School)
- Noah Hesseon (Monroe High School)
- Vanessa Temple (Monroe High School)
- Jillian Proctor (New Miami High School)
- Andrew Rapier (New Miami High School)
- Janielizabeth Anderson (Ross High School)
- Tyler Hood (Ross High School)
- Madelynne Patton (Talawanda High School)
- Luke West Poley (Talawanda High School)
Kim Nuxhall, president and board chairman of the Nuxhall Foundation said these students “represent all the things that Dad valued.”
“We are honored to support their dreams for a college education,” Nuxhall said. “These are the types of students Dad would have loved — motivated, team-oriented, and character-driven.”
Each student will receive either a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship (each high school develops its own awarding process) from the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was started in 1985 by The Ol’ Lefthander.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship has given more than $900,000 to college-bound student-athletes in Butler County.
“Dad knew how truly fortunate he was with all that was bestowed upon him, but in the back of his mind he always would have liked to have had a college education,” Nuxhall said.
Joe Nuxhall started his broadcast career in Oxford on the campus of Miami University, and his son said seeing students in college with so much potential inspired him.
“In essence, that triggered his desire to help others go to college and make that dream come true in their own lives, and the scholarship fund has been doing just that,” he said.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship fund is managed by a partnership between the Nuxhall Foundation and Fairfield Community Foundation, and recipents are selected by their high school athletic directors, coaches, and/or administrators based on a combination of selection criteria that prioritizes character.
“We want our Nuxhall Scholars to be ‘five-tool players’ who have strong character, competence, commitment, communication skills, and compassion for others,” said Nuxhall Foundation Executive Director Tyler Bradshaw. “There is no doubt that this diverse group of dreamers will represent Joe and the Nuxhall legacy proudly when they head out on their unique educational paths. We know they’ll honor the Ol’ Lefthander well by making an impact in the community he loved.”
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