The length of time lived does not determine the impact we have on each other’s lives. While we all strive to live long lives, 11 short years of life can (and did) impact the lives of so many who knew and loved Grant Brower.
On April 16, the Rushville Lions varsity baseball team remembered the life and legacy of Grant Brower. Jake Brower, Grant’s father, was honored by throwing out the first pitch. He continues to be involved with youth sports programs – including baseball despite the loss of his son Grant.
“My son would have been turning 12 in a few weeks and having the opportunity to remember Grant with those who love the game of baseball is truly special. Our son was a very kind and giving kid. Even at such a young age, he had started to show leadership skills and went out of his way to help others and be positive to everyone around him,” Jake Brower said.
The “Grant Brower Memorial Scholarship Fund” has been started and the first recipient will be named this year. This scholarship fund is a starting point and additional fundraisers will take place this summer. During the game, managers collected donations. In addition to those funds, the RCHS baseball program will be making a donation to bring the final total to $200. Also a Facebook page called “Good Deeds for Grant” encourages people to do acts of kindness, no matter how small they may be. The page urges people to pay it forward and reach out to others in the world.
During the 2013 baseball season, the Rushville Lions team remembered Grant by hanging a No. 6 jersey in the dugout for every game and often talked about the importance of taking advantage of each and every day. Returning senior letterman Mitchell Wagoner, junior lettermen Brad Busald, Michael Tague and Keith Tressler presented this jersey to Mr. Brower and his family as a way of saying, “we will not forget.”
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer for Rush County Schools