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Cornhole Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds

December 3rd, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Cornhole Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds
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By Jessica Ferrigno

Guest Writer

Live music and the thud of bean bags hitting the concrete was all that could be heard in the Majerle’s Sports Grill parking lot in Chandler Nov. 17.

Almost 60 teams competed at the third annual Live Like Lexi charity cornhole tournament in honor of Alexis Schultz’s birthday.

The Gilbert teen suddenly passed away due to sepsis – strep bacteria in her bloodstream – in 2015 after being misdiagnosed as having flu. She would have turned 17 this year.

Michele Woods, the charity director and Schultz’s aunt, said Live Like Lexi focuses on bully awareness, because her niece was a big supporter of anti-bullying.

“She was just that girl that always made sure everybody was included and that people weren’t picked on or left out,” Woods said. “When she passed, we wanted to keep that spirit alive.”

The annual tournaments take the charity all year to plan. They are run by volunteers from the community, some of whom were Lexi’s friends. The purpose of the tournaments is to raise money for scholarships.

“What we raise money for is scholarships for the year 2020, when Lexi would have graduated high school. If we can’t put her through college, hopefully, we can encourage other kids like her to be kind and give them those scholarships,” Woods said with tears in her eyes.

Next year is the first year organizers will start giving out the scholarships in Schultz’s name.

There is also another foundation in Lexi’s honor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College that provides scholarships for young women’s volleyball players.

When it’s not raising money, the Live Like Lexi Foundation partners with schools and organizations to spread the message of anti-bullying.

Among the many rows of cornhole boards at the fundraiser were areas for non-competitive attendees to play. The event also offered booths from sponsors, refreshments and a silent auction.

Bill Coking, a family friend, said he has attended all three tournaments.

“I was really close to Lexi and it’s just such a powerful event, an outpouring of just love and generosity being here,” Coking said. “It’s for a great cause and we know that money is going to go to a scholarship for a deserving person. I’m here to contribute.”

The charity chose cornhole tournaments to raise money so that all age groups could participate and more people would be attracted.

Jenn Joseph, the charity’s public relations manager, said more people attend each year.

“We wanted to create an event that would both appeal to her peers and the community. And cornhole is something that’s pretty popular right now,” Joseph said. “It has an impact in the sense that the people who knew Lexi get to remember her and her spirit, especially her mom.”

Jessica Ferrigno/Contributor

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