WHEELING - The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Run and Walk on Tuesday presented the Super Six Committee with a $15,000 check to help fund an ongoing scholarship honoring the late Howard Corcoran.
That donation, which consists of the proceeds from the 35th annual distance race held earlier this year, comes as Wheeling prepares to host West Virginia's high school football championships for the 18th consecutive year, and represents a partnership between two longtime community institutions on which Corcoran left an indelible mark. The Super Six committee awards the $1,000 scholarships annually to four students - one male and one female student-athlete, and also to one male and one female band member.
Bernie Dolan, Wheeling Park High School principal and Super Six co-director, said the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission selects the winners, who will be recognized during the Super Six's annual Academic Achievers Awards brunch set in the midst of championship weekend, at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, said he is pleased the newspapers were able to aid the Super Six Committee in recognizing outstanding students and honoring Corcoran.
"Two years ago, we made the decision to donate proceeds from the annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic to a cause that would help improve the quality of life here in the Ohio Valley," Nardo said. "Last year, we donated $17,000 to the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley to help with construction of a Miracle League field. And as we looked this year for an organization to point our efforts toward, it became very clear that the Super Six, with its ties to our longtime friend and former race director Howard Corcoran, would be a perfect fit.
"That led us to donate $15,000 from this year's race to the Howard Corcoran Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Super Six. Howard Corcoran was a great friend to the annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, he was a great friend to the Super Six but most importantly he was a great friend to the Ohio Valley. This scholarship fund allows his legacy of putting the kids first to continue."
Photo by Scott McCloskey
Wheeling Park High School Principal and Super Six Co-Director Bernie Dolan, left, and Dwaine Rodgers, Super Six committee member, accept a $15,000 check from Race Director R. “Scat” Scatterday and Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.
Corcoran died Oct. 31, 2010, at age 64. A successful businessman for more than 30 years, he served on the Ohio County Board of Education in addition to his contribution with the Ogden Classic and the Super Six.
He led fundraising efforts for the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center, now under construction, as well as the push to install artificial turf at Wheeling Island Stadium - an addition that was crucial in keeping the Super Six championships in the Friendly City.
R. "Scat" Scatterday, current director of the Ogden Classic, recalled Corcoran's commitment to improving the quality of life in the area. Community leaders such as Corcoran, he added, "often do things not because they have to, not because they're supposed to, but because it's the right thing to do."
"That's what Super Six is about - quality of life," said Scatterday.
WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray also fondly recalled his friendship with Corcoran.
"I've still got Howard's number in my phone," Ray said. "I refuse to take it out - he may call me."