Former Bulldog football standout
LEBANON -- The family of Tyler McChurch, a former Cumberland University football player who died in an automobile accident in 2013, recently established a scholarship fund in Tyler's memory.
Tyler was a former standout football player at Friendship Christian School and later at Cumberland University.
His brothers Mitch and Connor also played football at Cumberland under Coach Dewayne Alexander. Tyler's wife Alexis is a Cumberland alumna.
The fund will assist Wilson County high school graduates who attend Cumberland University with a special emphasis on student athletes who play football.
The fund will also help support youth football programs in the county that help develop athletes in the areas of character, skill and leadership and the Cumberland University Athletic program.
"Tyler was very fortunate to have played for some outstanding coaches, at the youth level as well as in high school and college," said his father Dan McChurch.
"As this effort continues, we're hoping we can recognize those coaches who so greatly influence our young men."
Funding of the scholarship will come from the inaugural Tyler McChurch Memorial Golf Tournament that will be held at Five Oaks Country Club on May 18 as well as private gifts. The four-person scramble will be limited to 36 teams.
The family expects the golf tournament will become an annual event. Details of the tournament are available online at facebook.com/tmacmemorial or by calling 615-598-4067.
"We are deeply touched by the family's wishes to establish this scholarship in Tyler's memory and we are looking forward to working with them to ensure Tyler's legacy impacts on our future students," said Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, Cumberland President.
For more information about the Tyler McChurch Scholarship Fund or how to register as a sponsor or a participant in the upcoming memorial golf tournament, call 615-598-4067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.