From a young age, Brandon Paul enjoyed sports – Little League baseball, Pop Warner and college and high school football, track and field and weightlifting.
After his tragic death in March 2017, when the 23-year-old climbed overboard the eighth deck of a Carnival Victory cruise ship 33 miles off Cuba, friends of the family hosted a tournament. memorial golf course and raised enough money to be able to donate $ 1,000 scholarships to three student-athletes who graduated from Citrus High School in 2018.
Since then, the Brandon Paul Memorial Foundation’s annual golf tournament at Oaks Golf Course in Citrus Hills has raised enough money to provide $ 1,000 scholarships to a total of 20 graduate student-athletes from the three schools. Citrus County public secondary schools, said Mark Paul, Brandon’s father. .
And despite the cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were still able to grant scholarships.
In 2021, six students, two from each county high school, received a $ 1,000 scholarship.
“This year’s tournament was sold out,” said Mark Paul.
On Friday, Brandon’s parents, Mark and Sue Paul, brother Brady and his wife, Lauren, and Brandon’s 3-month-old nephew, Braxton, donated to Citrus County Parks and Recreation 20 soccer balls, 20 soccer balls and several sports related games such as like horseshoes, Spikeball Pro and Kubb, a strategy court game.
“They were kind enough to let us borrow tables and chairs for our golf tournaments, so we wanted to show them our appreciation,” said Mark Paul.
As the Pauls gathered in the lobby of the county resource building with Manny Coimbre, the county sports and events coordinator, and Andrea Cuccaro, recreation specialist, Sue Paul spoke about her second son, Brandon.
“Our son loved the sport,” she said, “and now we want to do what we can to help the youth of Citrus County so that we can let people know that Brandon is still with us.”