Student athletes reap rewards from the Clinick Foundation
Four student-athletes headed to college from local high schools became the first recipients this week of scholarships from a foundation honoring the memory of Nick Alcorta.The Clinick Foundation awarded scholarships of $4,000 each to Ben Pollack of Basalt High School and three graduates of Glenwood Springs High School: Hannah Greenstreet, Matt Miller and Ashley Gaddis.Alcorta, a former Basalt resident, was well-known for helping youth of the valley excel in sports. He coached high school basketball, organized midvalley Little League and ran the town recreation department. His nickname was “Clinick” because he was always putting on sports clinics for kids.
Alcorta died at age 39 on a baseball diamond in Las Vegas in 2003. He had a previously unknown heart condition.His wife, Debbie, and their sons, Dominick and Derek, live in Basalt.The Alcortas’ friends Steve Martin and Tony Thompson started the foundation as a way of honoring Nick and continuing his efforts to help young athletes. The foundation aims to help students from the area who hope to continue their passion for athletics in college.Scholarship winners must show letters of intent to participate in a college activity, must have a high school grade point average above 3.0, and they must write an essay about how they would apply the funds.
Debbie Alcorta isn’t on the foundation’s board of directors, but she stays involved with the foundation. She was impressed with the inaugural winners of the scholarships. “We couldn’t have asked for better recipients,” she said.Greenstreet, Miller and Pollack attended a presentation Tuesday and were impressed to be the first recipients of the foundation’s scholarships.Pollack excelled in several sports at Basalt and is attending Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. He will play basketball, and intends to major in history and education. He hopes to be a teacher and coach.Greenstreet will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she plans to major in journalism. She was one of 11 of a field of 50 hopefuls to make the cheerleading squad at CU after trying out in April.
Miller will attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, where he will play football and pursue a degree in chemical or petroleum engineering.Gaddis was a basketball player at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale and transferred to Glenwood Springs High School for her senior year. She will attend Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., where she will play basketball, according to information from the foundation.The funds for the scholarships were raised in a golf tournament at the Roaring Fork Club last September and a softball tournament in Alcorta’s honor. The second golf tournament will take place Sept. 10 at the Roaring Fork Club. For details, call the club, 927-9100, or Debbie Alcorta at 927-9183.
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The Wheeler Opera House will remain dark into 2021, with current COVID-19 public health orders in place. Meanwhile, the masonry work on the exterior of the building will continue into July.