Gone nearly a year now, Bubba is still helping others.
A golf outing has been scheduled this spring to raise money for the Todd “Bubba” Engle Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Before his death last spring, the former Nord Middle School teacher asked his family to establish a scholarship to help the kids he loved so much.
It will be awarded each year to two graduating senior football players — an Amherst Comet and a Clearview Clipper.
Engle grew up in Amherst and was a graduate of Steele High School. After attending Baldwin Wallace College, he returned to teach physical education and also coached high school football.
“Every day my husband and I sit and talk and we cry,” said his mother, Karen Engle. “We reflect on Todd and how much we miss him — just to hear him, to hug him, to be around him. It’s very difficult.”
“His smile and his love that he gave will never be forgotten,” she added.
Her son fought long battles with leukemia starting in 2013. There were remissions and setbacks, and in December 2017 Bubba’s health deteriorated.
The community rallied for him, holding fundraisers, writing get well cards, and placing orange ribbons around town.
Engle passed away May 2 at age 35. His wife, Corrie, the dean of students at Nord, said he died with a smile and in his final moments was at peace.
Few have forgotten Bubba’s infectious smile or kind words — so it should be no surprise the golf outing is already drawing donations and volunteers.
The outing will be held Saturday, May 18 at Thunderbird Hills Golf Course North, 1316 Mudbrook Rd., Huron.
Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
There will be a skins game with prizes for first, second, and third place winners, as well as hole-in-one, closest to the pin, and longest drive contests.
The cost is $400 for each foursome and includes golf, cart, lunch, and banquet dinner.
Individual golfers are $100 and will be grouped with other individuals to create foursomes.
Tickets for dinner only are $25. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.
Hole sponsorships are available for $100.
Register by mail to 1616 W. 37th St., Lorain OH 44053.
For more information, call Roger Engle at 440-522-4009.