WATCH: 2020 WYMT Food City Mountain Classic Scholarship presentation
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The in-person scholarship presentation at the 2020 WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic was canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions. We are now honoring our scholarship winners.
Officials hoped to do the presentation in person in December, but the tournament was postponed until February.
School and state health officials worked together to make sure the event was as safe as possible.
Attendance was limited to 300 fans per night, but that did not dampen the excitement at all
We crowned two new champions this year. The North Laurel Lady Jaguars won their first Mountain Classic title. The Knox Central Panthers, won their second title on the boys side. It was an outstanding tournament despite the obstacles.
With kids going to school from home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it took us several months to receive all of our scholarship applications. Now, all of these recipients are attending or preparing to attend college. Continuing their education was made possible by you, our local sponsors and donors. Thank you!
In 1988, the first year of the Mountain Basketball Classic, we awarded just nine scholarships. This year, 99 Eastern Kentucky seniors from the 2020 graduating class were awarded scholarships. Since 1988, because of your generosity, the Mountain Classic committee has awarded 2,084 academic scholarships and generated nearly $4.5 million for local students and schools.
We couldn’t do this without our valuable partners, scholarship donors, and the Mountain Classic committee.
You can watch the ceremony by clicking on the video above.
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