A fundraiser was recently held for Micah Beckwith, Boardman’s first seated athlete in track and field competition. Micah is a five-time All-Ohioan in the two years he has qualified for the OHSAA State Track and Field Meet. On Sunday, July 14, the fundraiser was held at Carmella’s Restaurant and by the end of the day, over $10,400 was raised to provide Micah with his very own racing chair. At the present time, he rents his chair and wanted to have a racer he could train year-round in.
The Ahlswede family, owners of Carmella’s jumped on board right away along with former OSU and NFL quarterback Mike Tomczak. Over 225 tickets were sold along with numerous donations that came in from the general public. All workers and family members that day from Carmella’s and celebrity bartenders donated their hours. The food, outdoor tent, and DJ donated their services. Many people contributed baskets for the gift auctions and Mike Tomczak had many professional football items on hand. YSU Head Coach Bo Pellini was also in attendance and assisted with the gift basket table. The boys track team parents and coaches, and BHS cheerleaders and coaches made desserts for the event and also helped with clean-up the day of the event.
Denise and Dan Gorski partnered with Carmella’s and Tomczak to make this special event a reality. Gorski commented, “The outpouring of support for Micah went beyond our expectations. We were hoping to raise at least $5,000 which would have paid for the new racer for him. But the extreme generosity of the Boardman and Valley communities in raising over $10,000 will now allow him to buy extra tires, parts, and even allow him to attend some training camps for wheelchair athletes. We all can’t thank everyone enough for making this event a very special day for a young athlete who wants to continue on with his racing in college.”
Pictured above with Micah from left to right are: John Phillips Sr., assistant boys track coach; John Phillips Jr., head boys track coach; Mike Tomczak, former OSU and NFL quarterback; and John Pallini, assistant boys track coach. Coach Phillips Sr. and Jr. help train Micah with track events and Coach Pallini serves as his throwing coach.