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Turning a tragic loss into a winning situation
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 7:01 PM EDT
By Kathryn DiGisi -
ANNA, IL -
A scholarship fund for high school athletes has been set up in the honor of James Morrison who was beaten to death last month.
Morrison's childhood friend Eric Gulledge re-lives his glory days every time he kicks dirt on the high school ball field.
He played for Jimmy Morrison's rival team, but admits Morrison was unstoppable.
Morrison's old coach, Rick Bittle, says he was the best he ever saw come through Anna.
"On this field one time he had a four homerun game," said Bittle.
Gulledge says Morrison was a good ball player with a winning personality.
"You wanted to be around Jimmy...you liked being around Jimmy," said Gulledge.
Gulledge was stunned by his friend's death.
On a sleepless night, he decided to do something positive.
"Channel that energy, you know what I mean? The anger, the frustration, the disappointment," said Gulledge.
Every year, a star athlete from Anna will receive a $500.00 scholarship in Morrison's honor.
"I think he'd...I think he'd be glad that somebody benefits from it, but at the same time I don't think he would feel it necessary for all the attention," said Gulledge.
Coach Bittle says Morrison's legacy will not be his death, but rather, his legacy will rest in young athletes who are following in his footsteps.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund you can make a check out to the 'jimmy Morrison Scholarship Foundation' and send it to the Anna State Bank.
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