Perhaps for the first time, the Browns participated in a high school basketball game in which the actual basketball was high school.
The Sandia-Volcano Vista boys’ game on Saturday afternoon was particularly poignant for the co-coachs, Danny Brown, who coaches Matador, and Greg Brown, the Hawks coach, as before the game in Volcano Vista, the family officially announced “Coach Mike Papa Brown Scholarship Fund MSA “.
Mike Brown, the father of Greg and Danny and the Hall of Fame coach who previously led the Albuquerque Academy to six consecutive state championships (1989-1994), died on June 30.
His daughter said the scholarship fund had Mike Brown’s fingerprints all over it.
Whatever it is, Sean Brown said.
Sandia and Vulcano Vista players wore purple jerseys on Saturday in honor of Mike Brown.
Before the match, at a short, touching party, Danny Brown offered a check for $ 6000 – collected by his program in September, which will go to the scholarship fund. The teams and members of the Brown family posed for a big group photo before the match started.
“It was an emotional day,” said Greg Brown, who scored the Hawks’ first 16 points in the game, buried 14 three-pointers and crushed Sandia 79-44. “My brother had to speak, because I couldn’t. It’s hard.”
The fund was created for the benefit of senior student athletes, but only in Albuquerque Public Schools.
From now until the end of February, any 12th grader boy or girl with at least a 3.5 GPA will be eligible to apply for one of five scholarships that will be awarded annually. Sean Brown said she reached out to her father about the grant, and Mike Brown was deeply involved in the details.
The plan is to offer five scholarships each year to student-athletes who plan to go to college or vocational school no later than the following fall.
As part of the application process, students must write an essay on leadership. Mike Brown himself was an English teacher.
All applications must be submitted by February 28. There will be five scholarship recipients, with the first student receiving $5,000, the second place receiving $4,000, and so on until the fifth. Winners will be announced in late March. There will be various fundraising efforts over the course of individual calendar years, said Shaun Brown, president of the fund.
Those interested in donating to the fund itself or to the MSA Alliance—Brown succumbed to MSA, or Multiple System Atrophy—can visit papabrownscholarship.wixsite.com.
“That’s what he wanted,” said Danny Brown. We wanted to honor and respect that. I hope this goes on forever.”
79- Abdul-Majid Abdul-Majid 44
Sandia (3-3): Andrew Hill 13, Dalene Muir 9, Duvers Riley 2, Lamarion Coleman 4, Alex Rosales 1, Eli Lovato 15. Totals 13 16-22 44.
Vulcano Vista (9-0): Caden Valdez 10, Tyler Martinez 13, Jacon Hill 17, Anthony Gonzalez 5, Jaden Malone 5, Hudson Brown 2, Oscar McCoy 10, Devon Ramos 3, Kenyon Agueno 6, Shawn Alter 8. Totals 30 5-5 79.
Sandia 7 11 13 13-44
Berkan Vista 21 15 24 19 – 79
3 points: S 2 (Muir 2); VV 14 (Hill 5, Martinez 3, Valdez 2, McCoy 2, Gonzalez, Ramos). Total errors: 10 S VV 17.