Teammates, friends keep Britt’s legacy going
The memory of Josh Britt keeps achieving big things.
Actually, it’s BIG - meaning Believe in yourself, Inspire others and Give back.
For the third year, the Josh Britt Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament raised money to help Lee County student-athletes go to college. The event, and the community’s loyal participation and contributions, keeps growing each year, says Josh’s father, Jeff Britt. More than 30 graduating seniors have received more than $26,000 in scholarships from the fund before this year’s event - played at Sanford Municipal Golf Course on Sept. 21.
“The support is unbelievable from throughout the entire community,” said Jeff. “It just shows Josh’s legacy. It’s everyone he knew who keeps his memory going and we’re just humbled by the support. It never ceases to amaze me how generous this community is.”
On May 14, 2010, a few months prior to his senior year at Lee County High School, Josh Britt, 17, was killed in an automobile accident at night on Highway 42. Britt’s vehicle was hit by a driver driving the wrong way without headlights on. According to the Sanford Police Department, the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“When we were at our lowest point, and we didn’t think we could go on, it was Josh’s friends, the student-athletes who knew him, they picked us up,” Jeff said.
“They’d stop by the house. They’d ask us to come out to the games,” he said.
Josh was a middle linebacker on the Yellow Jacket football team.
“So that’s really why we started this scholarship, to give back to the student-athletes, the kids here, because they are incredible kids.”
Fittingly, although perhaps not expectedly when considering the usual field for a charity golf event, the kids and now young adults who knew Josh make the tournament a growing success.
“That’s what’s so different,” Jeff said. “I had a buddy of mine who was playing (in the tournament) for the first time and he said he had never seen a tournament with so many college-age and teenage kids coming out to support it.”
Josh’s teammates and classmates, some now away at college or elsewhere outside Sanford, circle the date to make sure they come back for the event, Jeff said.
To top off this year’s tournament, a young foursome of Sam Bradley, Walter Brinker, Zane Lewis and Noah Britt, Josh’s younger brother, won the tournament shooting a 54.
Then there’s keeping the eye on the fundraising ball. Students who believe in themselves, inspire others and give back are aided through the scholarships.
“We’re proud of the diverse group of student-athletes and leaders we have been able to recognize,” Jeff said.