May 10, 2013
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Chance encounter changes life

A hero on the hardwood, Jordan Kelso doesn’t need lessons in how to be motivated.

Kelso, a Frank Maddock High School senior, doesn`t have much space in his trophy case – he’s been part of two league championship teams, won several tournaments and was named the school’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

It wasn`t until he met 16-year-old Eric Stitzenberger that he was truly inspired. StitzenbergerĀ  was asked to serve as the team’s manager; filling up water bottles and helping out in practice. Knowing that Stitzenberger was passionate and knowledgeable about the game, but an unlikely candidate to hit the hardwood because he has Down Syndrome. Kelso was motivated to become a mentor.

“I feel as though I have been able to enhance his quality of life and make a difference to him and his family by taking him each week to do regular activities,” Kelso says in his EventIQ Scholarship Story.

We have three scholarships available for high school seniors – each worth $500. The deadline for applications is May 15 – winners and a runner up for each of the three scholarships will be published in the SchoolTools Newsletter on June 12.

Kelso and Stitzenberger bonded, forging a strong friendship off the court. And despite all his accomplishments on the court, Kelso now seems to care less about the scoreboard and more about the well-being of his friend Eric.

“We have created a true friendship that we will both cherish for the rest of our lives,” he says.

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