Thanks to the continued support of Sheriff Carmine Marceno and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation can continue to fulfill its mission of supporting young athletes on and off the playing field.
Every year, the foundation sets its sights on something even bigger than the year before, and as a result, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation will award $10,000 scholarships to three high school seniors in Southwest Florida this year. The scholarships will allow these students to pursue continued education without financial restraint.
“These scholarships open up the future for the youth in our community,” said former NFL player Tommy Bohanon, founder of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation.
“Our goal is, and always has been, to motivate students to pursue education beyond high school. Financial stress can deter students from even having college or trade school on their radar. Every kid deserves to go after their dreams without any hesitation and our hope is that these scholarships will do just that.”
Since 2018, Sheriff Marceno and the LCSO have been instrumental partners of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation. Last year, the LCSO’s contributions made it possible for the foundation to offer two $10,000 scholarships. This year’s donation of $30,000 paved the way for the Tommy Bohanon Foundation to support the continued education of three Southwest Florida students.
“This contribution allows us to change the lives of the youth in our community,” said Sheriff Marceno.
“Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education and to fulfill their dreams. We are proud to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation and their mission to make a positive impact in our community.”
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation has partnered with the Collaboratory to assist with the scholarship application and selection process. Students are able to complete a single application through the Collaboratory that will match them with the scholarship funds that they are eligible for.
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation Scholarship Fund requires that students have an athletic interest and plans to pursue higher education. Eligible students will participate in an interview process before the final selection is completed by the foundation.
Six Cape Coral students received the 2021 “Do The Right Thing” Scholarship in recognition of their achievements. Along with their scholarship checks, each student also received a care package with essentials and goodies for campus life.
Chief Tony Sizemore, Deputy Chief Darren McKenna, CCFD Division Chief Mike Bush, and members of the CCPD Community Services Bureau presented the awards.
The Cape Coral Police Department honored an Oasis Middle School student with the “Do The Right Thing” Lifesaving award. This is additionally the second time Christopher has received this award. Please join us in recognizing and congratulating him!
Christopher Leon, 8th Grade – Oasis Middle School
Christopher was a passenger in his mother’s car when she told him she was having trouble breathing. Something had caused her to go into anaphylactic shock.
She pulled over as her breathing difficulty increased, and Christopher tended to her until he recognized she was no longer breathing. Christopher quickly began CPR while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Christopher’s quick response and calmness under pressure likely saved his mother’s life.
Thank you to Christopher for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”
The Cape Coral Police Department honored a Caloosa Middle School student with the “Do The Right Thing” award.
Please join us in recognizing and congratulating her!
Lilly Early, 7th Grade – Caloosa Middle School
Lilly shared information with school administrators that helped them intervene with another student. School administration was quickly able to take care of the situation by informing the parents and providing the student with support.
Thank you to Lilly for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”
The Cape Coral Police Department last week honored two Caloosa Elementary School students with the “Do The Right Thing” award.
Please join us in recognizing and congratulating these fine young students.
Mason Long 3th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School
Mason was able to assist his sister by making critical life-saving decisions while riding home on the bus. He heard his sister’s urgent medical alert and sprang into action. He immediately got in contact with his mother, gave his sister a snack and kept a watchful eye on her the rest of the ride home.
Romeo Nunez 5th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School
Romeo overheard a conversation that included details involving a person making statements they would bring a weapon to school and commit violence against the campus population. Romeo reported this to a trusted adult who advised the SRO, who in turn immediately began an investigation. The investigation revealed the person making the threats attended a school on Florida’s east coast, and the school SRO there was notified of the possibility of a weapon on their campus. Romeo’s action enhanced the CCPD SRO Unit’s ability to maintain the safety and security of Caloosa Elementary School and highlighted the valuable partnership between the school community and the Cape Coral Police Department.
Thank you to Mason and Romeo for being shining examples of what it means to “do the right thing.”