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Sixth Annual Mary Jennings Softball Tournament a Success

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - A host of Seton Hall alumni, staff and personnel came together this past Saturday, April 14 to support the sixth annual Mary Jennings Softball Tournament at Ivy Hill Park.

The tournament is held every year in memory of former women's soccer player Mary Jennings, who passed away in June of 2006 after a battle with cancer at the young age of 21. In honor of Jennings memory, the Mary Jennings Scholarship Fund was established.

This year's edition of the tournament raised more than $1,200, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

Eight teams registered for the event, with District 12, a squad that featured a number of former SHU student-athletes, taking home the crown.

Jennings, who many knew as "MJ," was a Seton Hall women's soccer player who played for the Pirates from 2004-05. Jennings was also a dean's list student every semester that had aspirations of becoming a high school history teacher. The Piscataway native would have graduated in 2007 with a degree in secondary education and history.

The fund bearing Mary's name has allowed the College of Education and Human Services to offer a scholarship of $2,000 to $4,000 every year since her passing. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student who possesses the same passion and drive that Jennings displayed on and off the field.

The qualifications of the recipient include being a full-time student in the College of Education & Human Services, a participant in sports, and must demonstrate financial need and academic merit.   

Funds were raised through team sign-ups, sponsoring of fields, and donations in the form of money or prizes. SHU Athletics would like to extend a special thank you to the field sponsors for this year's tournament; PNC Bank, the 2012 SHU Women's Soccer Team, SHU Women's Soccer Alumni, and Patty Fenton for helping make this year's tournament a success.

For more information on the Mary Jennings Tournament, please contact Melanie Calderwood at melanie.calderwood@shu.edu.

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