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Newsmakers
  #AdamLike Scholarship
To some it was nothing more than a hashtag on a t-shirt, but to Grant Smythers and Mike Gibson it was personal. The chairmen of Salem High School’s Spirit Club knew one of the best ways to honor the spirited legacy of Adam Ward was with a t-shirt students and adults could wear at athletic events.
it has been the tremendous support in Salem and the Roanoke Valley that has helped this scholarship grow so quickly,” says Tommy McDonald, Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association President. “From people giving a few dollars, buying a t-shirt at Salem Football games to individuals and corporations donating larger amounts, this is a beautiful tribute to the way Adam lived his life and a tribute to how many people love Buddy and Mary Ward and all of their children.”
“We wanted to do something that would represent him and his love for Salem High School and especially athletics,” says Smythers. “He was basically
the spirit club at games
before we even had a spirit
club.”
Over $5,000 worth of the shirts were sold during home football games in the fall and every penny was donated to Adam’s scholarship fund through the Salem Educational Foundation. Less than six months after his passing, the scholarship fund had topped the $100,000 mark thanks to generous acts like this one.
  Adam Ward
The maroon shirts feature the hashtags #AdamLike and #OurBuddy on the back along with Adam’s high school football jersey number 56. The front
of the shirts say “Salem Strong” and the community has been just that when it comes to supporting the Ward Family and this cause.
 “We have received donations from across the country and even internationally, however,
Salem School Board and City Council members bow their heads in a moment of silence for Ward, who was killed in August 2015.
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