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Ambassador scholarships now named in memory of local athletics supporter

The Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the new Jim Hackendale Memorial Ambassadors Scholarships.


The memorial scholarships were presented for the first time Monday night as the Hall of Fame honored its 2024 Ambassadors group with a reception and ceremony at Glynn County Stadium.


The scholarships were presented this year by Servpro of Brunswick in memory of Jim Hackendale, a longtime supporter of high school athletics in Glynn County. Hackendale, known as “Hack” by those who knew him best, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.


The Ambassadors program honors top high school senior student-athletes each year from the three main local high schools - Brunswick High, Glynn Academy and Frederica Academy. The Hall of Fame began the Ambassadors program as one of its community outreach programs back in 2014 and started awarding scholarships through the program the next year.


A total of 24 student-athletes - eight from each of the three schools - were recognized during this year’s ceremony for their success in athletics and academics and also their overall excellence. Six scholarship awards were presented with a boy and girl from each school receiving those.


Ryan Lavallee, owner of Servpro of Brunswick, attended Monday night’s ceremonyt. Maggie Dutton, Hackendale’s wife, was also in attendance.


Kevin Price, Hall of Fame president, made the announcement about the Hackendale memorial scholarships in his opening remarks during the ceremony.


Joe Sousa, who served as the master of ceremonies, also read Hackendale’s bio aloud before the scholarship awards were presented to the student-athletes.


“We think Jim would be proud to be associated with our Ambassadors program and have his name attached to a scholarship that helps several kids each year from our community go on and further their educations and possibly their athletic careers,” said Kevin Price, president of the Hall of Fame.

“We were thrilled when Ryan came forward and offered to support the scholarships through Servpro, and obviously it was very thoughtful of him to want to honor Hack in such an impactful way. Hack had a passion for sports and helping young people, and this is not only a great tribute to him, but a really fitting tribute as well.”


Brunswick High, Glynn Academy and Frederica Academy also assist with the funding of the scholarship program.


For more info on the program and to view a list of past Ambassadors and scholarship winners, click on the “Programs” tab on our website. 


You can also view a story about this year’s Ambassadors group, including a profile on each student-athlete and the scholarship winners, elsewhere on our web site.

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