Announcing the Brian Christopher Newcomer Reaching for Racquets Tennis Scholarship!
We are so pleased to announce a special scholarship that is available for children who have hydrocephalus and their siblings between the ages of 4 to 12. “The Brian Christopher Newcomer Reaching for Racquets Tennis Scholarship” was established to support and encourage children with hydrocephalus to play tennis. It is intended to foster and promote confidence, friendship, comfort with social situations, and athletics.
|Brian’s parents, Jack & Margarita Newcomer, his girlfriend, Jessica Janik, as well as his brother and sister, Jason and Katherine Newcomer, created this scholarship to honor his memory. The scholarship was funded through generous donations from many people who knew Brian, and his loved ones. Brian died over a year and a half ago in a car accident at the age of 27. Although he had hydrocephalus, it did not stop him from playing tennis and coaching kids as he got older. We are so grateful to his loved ones for making this opportunity available to our children.|
Here is what Katherine Newcomer wrote about the importance of establishing this scholarship fund and how in doing so she is keeping a promise:
|Have you ever made a promise to someone? Have you said, “Tomorrow, I will do it tomorrow?” Has tomorrow come and gone many times over? Well it’s time to make good on my promise! I told my brother, Brian, that I would run a marathon and raise money for hydrocephalus years ago and I just never got around to it. Brian died in a tragic car accident on November 26th, 2011, and I never did run that marathon I promised him. But I kept my promise to Brian and ran the Palm Beach Marathon on December 2, 2012, and then I ran the Miami ING Half Marathon January 27, 2013, and competed in a Triathlon on June 22, 2013. Although I waited too long and he was not physically there to see me, I know he is with me when I race! I ran in honor of Brian and to raise money for this wonderful association while promoting and raising awareness about hydrocephalus. Always keep your promises!Katherine Newcomer|
On November 26, 2011, at age 27, Brian Newcomer, a beloved son, brother, best friend, boyfriend, and coach, passed away in a tragic car accident. Brian was an avid professional tennis player with a great love for the game and spent his time playing and teaching at youth camps around the country. He was well loved by all who knew him for many things, but above all his compassion, honorable spirit, loving and light-hearted nature, and unwavering dedication to friends, family, and students.
Brian was born with hydrocephalus, a dangerous condition in which the build-up of fluid inside the skull leads to brain swelling. This requires immediate surgery involving the placement of a shunt in the brain. Brian loved many sports; baseball, golf, and tennis were just a few of his favorites. He held his first racquet at age 2 and started to play in order to spend more time with his siblings. Shortly after, tennis became his calling – a gift which touched the hearts and affected the lives of those he came in contact with, both children and adults.
Ironically, in grade school Brian’s hydrocephalus limited his sport options to tennis, a non-contact sport deemed safe by his doctors. Who would have known that the only sport he was medically cleared to play would become his athletic outlet and passion.
As the one-year anniversary of Brian’s passing approached, his loved ones sought a way to honor his memory and carry on his remarkable spirit. This, of course, involves tennis, the game that gave him such purpose and pleasure in his life. As a result, they have partnered with the Hydrocephalus Association to create “The Brian Christopher Newcomer Reaching for Racquets Scholarship,” that provides kids living with hydrocephalus the opportunity to attend tennis camp. Based on the amount of funds raised, the scholarship will be distributed to as many children as possible. The complete applications are due by January 31, 2014 and will be announced in January.