Juniors and seniors across the state struggle with what they will do to satisfy their senior project requirement. For Tyler Williams, a Lakewood senior, he found it easier than others.
Williams is planning to hold the Williams Memorial Corn Hole Tournament Saturday, Oct. 13 to raise funds that will be divided between the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg and the Salemburg Volunteer Fire Department. Tyler’s father was a member of the Salemburg VFD and it means a lot to him to remember his dad this way.
“I wanted to do something to remember by dad, Paul Williams, and to give back to a community that has always given so much to me and my family,” explained Williams. “Everyone seems to enjoy participating in corn hole competitions. That is why I decided to incorporate it into my senior project. I just hope people will come out and support me as I attempt to raise money for these two very worthy organizations,” cited Tyler.
Registration for the corn hole tournament will begin at noon Saturday at Corinth Baptist Church, located at 991 Corinth Church Road. The tournament competition will start at 2 p.m.
Tyler’s dad passed away when he was very young, and he and his mother, Denise Matthews, are very close. She has assisted him in many ways in planning the tournament. In fact, Williams shared that his entire family has been a tremendous help in getting everything ready.
“My mom, brother, Luke, sister, Harley and step-dad, Kenneth Matthews have all pitched in to help me accomplish this event. Several of my friends and members from Corinth Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Methodist and Zoar Church have also helped me with my project. This is why I wanted to do this particular project. It is a way to honor my dad and to give back to a community that has done so much for my family,” remarked the Lakewood senior.
Tyler’s stepfather is helping to build the corn hole boxes to use for the tournament.
“Even though Tyler was very young when his father died, he remembers the care and comfort that so many people gave to us to help us overcome the grief and loss. He has always wanted to do something to give back to those who gave so much to us,” shared his mother.
Entry fee is $20 per team and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. The first place winner will receive $200 with the second place finisher taking home $100.
“We are going to have a bake sale also,” stated Tyler. “There will be homemade cakes, cookies and other good things to eat along with hot dogs, door prizes and a raffle,” commented Williams.
Williams said he had received donations of a bird feeder and a John Deere bean bag among several other items and hopes to receive more before the tournament.
“I really appreciate all the support and help I have already received. I just hope everyone will come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship that we will be having next Saturday. I do want to thank my family, the churches and many friends for their support and help to make my senior project a success,” remarked Williams.