The tournament began to honor the memory of Hicks (above), who was an Oneonta city councilman for four years and mayor for another 16. Hicks also served Blount County as its juvenile probation office for more than 30 years before he retired.
It was this work and his devotion to children that inspired his family to start the annual fundraiser, which has raised more than $225,000 and awarded 173 scholarships to Blount County and Oneonta students. His brother, Ricky Hicks, says, “Danny’s passion was kids and this is the best way to honor him.” Hicks says students from every high school in the county have received college scholarship help from the fund and invites anyone interested in helping, whether as an individual or a business, to please do so.
There may still be room to enter a four-person team. The cost is $400 per team. If you have a team, or want to join one that might be short a player, contact Ricky Hicks at either 274-2359 or 237- 4259. Two cash prizes, $400 for the firstplace team and $200 for the second, will be given. You can check out organization’s Facebook page at www.face book.com/DannyBHicksScholarshipInc.