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Great Falls Hoops Leadership Scholarship Named After Matt


On Saturday, March 7, GF Hoops awarded the Matthew Poyner Youth Leadership Scholarship to four high school seniors from the Great Falls community. The scholarship was named for Matthew Poyner, a sophomore at Langley High School who quietly passed away in his sleep on Feb. 24, 2015. Matthew was an assistant coach for GF Hoops and was working with a fifth grade boys team this season. He was dedicated to GF Hoops and believed strongly in giving back to the community. This year’s recipients are: Gage Beckwith, Nicholas Ehat, Meagan Fountain, and Jenny Labovitz. They were awarded the scholarships based on their commitment to GF Hoops and their leadership within GF Hoops. All four recipients were involved with GF Hoops as players, as coaches and as referees. The recipients are pictured here along with GFHoops Board Members, Phil Simonides and Michelle Claude and Matt's parents, Vern and Dawna Poyner.


In addition to coaching, Matthew grew up playing in the GF Hoops leagues from 1st grade through 8th grade and played on the GF Hoops 8th grade select championship team. Matthew thoroughly enjoyed growing up in the GF hoops organization.

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