The family of the late Brandon Paul donates sports equipment and scholarships | Local News

From an early age, Brandon Paul enjoyed sports – Little League baseball, Pop Warner and football, athletics and weightlifting in middle school and high school.

After his tragic death in March 2017, when the 23-year-old fell overboard from the eighth deck of a Carnival Victory cruise ship 33 miles off Cuba, family friends organized a tournament Memorial Golf Club and raised enough money to be able to donate $1,000 scholarships to three student-athletes who graduated from Citrus High School in 2018.

Since then, the annual Brandon Paul Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament at Oaks Golf Course in Citrus Hills has raised enough money to provide $1,000 scholarships to a total of 20 graduating student-athletes from the three public high schools. of Citrus County, said Mark Paul, Brandon’s father. .

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And despite the cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were still able to award scholarships.

In 2021, six students, two from each county high school, received a $1,000 scholarship.

“This year’s tournament was sold out,” said Mark Paul.

On Friday, Brandon’s parents, Mark and Sue Paul, brother Brady and his wife, Lauren, and Brandon’s 3-month-old nephew, Braxton, presented Citrus County Parks and Rec with 20 soccer balls, 20 soccer balls and several sports related games such as Horseshoes, Spikeball Pro and Kubb, a strategy game.

“They were kind enough to let us borrow tables and chairs for our golf tournaments, so we wanted to show them our appreciation,” Mark Paul said.

As the Pauls gathered in the lobby of the County Resources Building with County Sports and Events Coordinator Manny Coimbre and Recreation Specialist Andrea Cuccaro, Sue Paul spoke about her second son, Brandon.

“Our son loved the sport,” she said, “and now we want to do what we can to help the youth of Citrus County so we can let people know that Brandon is still with us.”

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