Moving forward: Foundation established after Maryville teen Skyler Boring’s tragic death
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
The family of a Maryville teen killed in a shooting incident earlier this year are working toward turning that tragic loss into a way to help other young athletes and the community at large.
Several months after Skyler Boring, 17, was killed following an apparent accidental shooting at a residence on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in May, his grandmother and mother have spearheaded the formation of “The Skyler ‘Rooster’ Boring Wrestling Foundation, Inc.”
Judy Mincey, Boring’s grandmother, said that shortly after her grandson’s memorial service, she began thinking about a way to not only keep his name alive, but to give back to the community. A few weeks later she was talking with Rex Matlock, Boring’s summer wrestling coach, and had several ideas, one of which was to raise enough money to provide college scholarships to area wrestlers on an annual basis.
That’s the idea Mincey ran with.
“We have scholarships of course available in the community, but not for wrestling,” Mincey said.
She’s now registered the foundation with the state, county and Internal Revenue Service. The foundation already has a federal identification number and the law offices of Costner and Greene in Maryville are handling the nonprofit paperwork pro bono.
Mincey said they hope to send the application out by the end of November, after they raise the filing fee. The foundation will still be allowed to operate as a nonprofit until the IRS receives and approves the application, she explained.
Mincey said they are taking the process one step at a time, and hope to be able to provide multiple scholarships. The monetary value and number of each scholarship, she said, will of course depend on how much money the foundation can raise.
“We’re very serious about this,” Mincey said. “We really want to do this for the community, for the young people — the wrestlers in this community — who work so hard and need help and we want to do it to make sure Skyler’s name carries on.”
Scholarships and more
Boring was on track to begin his first year at Pellissippi State Community College this fall before his untimely death. He was intending to study the culinary arts, Mincey said.
If the foundation is successful enough, Mincey said, it’s her hope they can expand to providing financial assistance to the wrestling programs at each Blount County high school. Mincey recalled that her grandson was constantly trying to raise money for his uniforms, shoes and trips to meets and tournaments throughout the state.
“I got tired of going to these meets and seeing the other schools pulling up in their nice rented vans and coming out looking like a million bucks and staying in nice hotels,” Mincey said. “While we’re carpooling and trying to get as many kids as we can to fit one a room somewhere.”
Along with board and committee members, about 19 people currently represent the foundation. Mincey said she was particularly thrilled at the support they have received from area schools. Each school is even represented on the committee, with the wrestling coaches from all four high schools in Blount County acting as committee members.
“All of the wrestling coaches have been so great,” Mincey said. “(They) have really stepped up to the plate and are going to give their time to help get this thing going. In the end it’s about education. If we can help someone get there that can’t get there on their own, then that’s what this is all about.”
The foundation will be holding its first official fundraiser Nov. 15 at the American Legion, 224 Waters Road, Maryville. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be a dinner and auction. Tickets are currently being sold for $30 each.
“This initial dinner is meant to be a celebration of Skyler’s life,” Mincey said. “We want it to be fun ... this is going to be to honor Skyler and his life and to get this thing kicked off the ground.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mincey by phone at 865-206-6501 or email at (firstname.lastname@example.org) Donations for the foundation are also gladly accepted. Any checks can be made out to “The Skyler ‘Rooster’ Boring Wrestling Foundation, Inc.” and mailed to 2675 Ellejoy Road, Walland, TN, 37886.
Mincey said it’s her hope the foundation can garner serious support from area businesses, including annual sponsorships. She said her five-year plan for the foundation is to be able to purchase a large bus to take area wrestlers to tournaments and meets throughout the state.
“This is our family’s way of giving back,” Mincey said. “This community has been so supportive of our family since Skyler got killed. This is our way of trying to give back a little bit and say thank you.”