The values he acquired on the mat were an integral part of his Navy SEAL ethos and his 20 year SEAL career and influenced him to become the man he was. He never quit and even though he perished doing what was right, his heroic actions the night of September 11 and morning of September 12 in Benghazi, Libya helped save the lives of 30 other people.
To honor him and his legacy of valor, TSWWF recognizes his “never quit” attitude, determination, inspiration, grit, and loyalty. With the presentation of the annual Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Trophy and scholarship, we encourage and mentor academic excellence, community service, and an exemplary code of ethics for success both on and off the mat.
On Saturday night, February 29, 2020, at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, TSWWF was proud to present the TSW Memorial Trophy and Scholarship to seniors Elijah Cleaver and Olivia Flack for their excellence in wrestling, academics, and community service. The two young athletes were also surprised by the announcement that the individual scholarships were increased this year from $1000 to $2500.
Elijah, a Nyssa High School senior, has maintained a cumulative 4.0 gpa, ranks first in his class, is a repeat District and State Champion, placed 1st at state this year in the 152 lb. bracket, and plans on attending the Colorado School of Mines. He stated in his essay, “A wrestler’s character is revealed in his defeats which will always teach more than the victories ever will. Wrestling is not complex in its physicality, but it is vastly deep in its character. It is the world’s greatest sport.”
Olivia, a La Pine High School senior, has earned a 4.09 gpa, ranks 1st in her class, has been a district and state champion with a 24-1 record, 2x Reno World’s champion, placed 2nd at state this year in the 100 lb. bracket, and plans to attend college to seek a degree in the medical field. In her essay, she stated “Wrestling shapes people into better human beings with strong, worthy characteristics that will last a lifetime. Tyrone was a brave and selfless warrior who saved the lives of many people. A wrestler is someone who never gives up.”
TSWWF is proud to recognize these two outstanding young wrestlers, scholars, and citizens with the awarding of the 2020 Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Trophies and $2500 Scholarships!
KPTV news coverage of this event can be viewed here.
If you are parents or youth wrestling fans that have a little time to donate to our great cause by volunteering, please contact Debbie Wilson, our secretary and volunteer coordinator, at 503.676.8023. She can provide you with more information on how you can help. We really appreciate our volunteers and will treat you right!!
Over this coming year, we look forward to reaching more wrestling fans, meeting old and new supporters, and continuing to provide the funding these wrestlers need to achieve their dreams! Also, if you’re looking for a cool tee shirt or ball cap, please visit our “Shop” page to find tees, hats, and honor tags. Also, any donations you care to make can be made through PayPal or send to our mailbox. These kids need and appreciate your generosity. Thank you for remembering Tyrone and choosing TSWWF as a nonprofit you wish to support!!
NEVER QUIT! NEVER FORGET!
SCPO US Navy SEAL Tyrone Snowden Woods
American Hero – Benghazi Libya – September 12, 2012
To be recognized for our charitable efforts to help youth wrestlers by such a prominent and well-respected business in the Pacific Northwest is truly an honor. Thank you, Les Schwab!
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With your donations, TSWWF can help these young athletes and/or wrestling programs in several ways to ensure that the opportunity to participate in the great sport of wrestling is available to them.
For example, through your contributions, TSWWF can purchase new pairs of wrestling shoes, pay-to-play fees, uniforms, or contribute to transportation expenses for out-of-state tournaments. If a wrestling program needs new mats or other equipment, TSWWF can help. Among many needs, these are just a few examples of how your donations will benefit these wrestlers and programs.