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.
TSW Memorial Trophies and $2500 Scholarships
We were determined this year, in spite of Covid and a fluctuating wrestling season, that we would award the two trophies and scholarships. There was no ceremony at Memorial Coliseum but the OWA set up the boys’ and girls’ championships to take place at the end of June in Sweet Home and Cottage Grove respectively. The 2021 recipients of the TSW Memorial Trophies and $2500 Scholarships were: Fiona McConnell, Clackamas Middle College student wrestling for Milwaukie High School, and Travis Bennett, Neah-Kah-Nie High School. Travis will be attending Oregon State University majoring in engineering. Fiona will be attending North Central College in Illinois, majoring in physical therapy. Previous recipients have been: Tyler Self (2016, Glencoe), Mackyle Little (2017 Culver), Ryan Bibler (2018 Dallas), Kirk Liscom (2019 Pendleton), Marissa Kurtz (2019 Sweet Home), Elijah Cleaver (2020 Nyssa) and Olivia Flack (2020 LaPine).
NEVER QUIT! NEVER FORGET!
SCPO US Navy SEAL Tyrone Snowden Woods
American Hero – Benghazi Libya – September 12, 2012
Oregon City names newest park after Tyrone. For more details click here.
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.
You can donate either by check or online.