CEDAR RAPIDS — Out of a horrible, senseless tragedy comes a story of kindness and giving.
Recent Linn-Mar High School graduate Emily Saville was awarded a check for $1,000 prior to last night’s Cedar Rapids Kernels’ victory over Burlington at Veterans Memorial Stadium. She’s the first recipient of the Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship.
Adenhart is the former Kernels pitcher who was killed at the age of 22 by a drunken driver in an automobile accident hours after making a start for the Los Angeles Angels in April 2009. In his memory, Adenhart’s mother and stepfather, Janet and Duane Gigeous, donated $5,000 to the Kernels Foundation last year, which the club is using to fund the scholarship program.
“I think it’s a very nice partnership,” Janet Gigeous said. The Gigeouses traveled from their home in suburban Chicago to be at last night’s game.
“The Foundation has done a lot of nice work,” she said. “This is something we can work on together and stay connected, which is very nice.”
The scholarship is open to all Metro preps who plan to attend a two or four-year college full time. They must have played at least one sport, “be a great teammate, demonstrated hard work and determination, and have a clear vision of career goals.”
Saville, daughter of KCRG-TV sports personality Scott Saville, was the captain of Linn-Mar’s soccer, cross country and track and field teams this season. The president of Linn-Mar’s chapter of Students Against Drugs and Alcohol (SADA), she graduated with a 3.89 grade-point average and will attend Central College in Pella.
“Once Nick got here, I think it was always what he envisioned minor league baseball to be,” Janet Gigeous said. “It met those expectations he had. He kept telling us ‘This park is really nice.’ It’s what he lived for. Once he got here … we lived only three hours away, so we were here a lot. You really couldn’t have planned it that well.”
Here is video of the pregame presentation: