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2021 Chuck Schafer Scholarship Winners

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Ryan Sweder

Marco Stilliana
BCB Announces Chuck Schafer Scholarship Winners

Citing lasting friendships and spending time with their father in their days playing Little League Baseball, Marco Stilliana and Ryan Sweder have been awarded the 2021 Chuck Schafer Memorial Scholarship from Boardman Community Baseball.

“My years at BCB have allowed me to build meaningful friendships”. I felt right at home with my teammates who were friendly and eager to play baseball, said Sweder. “The atmosphere created by energetic kids, fun coaches and cheering parents was something that I truly enjoyed”.

Stilliana noted, “My father participated in Boardman Little League and would always tell me stories from his childhood games. I was fortunate to have my father as a coach during some of my years. I can remember some candid conversations with my father, some good, some not so good. Boardman Community Baseball gave me that opportunity to have that bond with my father”.

Sweder noted that he learned the importance of losing and never giving up in attaining success. “Each season, my team trained hard, striving to be the best in the league. While our team was never able to win a BCB championship, I can still remember how close we came”.

Sweder who earned a 4.0 GPA at Boardman High School was a four-year member of the soccer team and member of the Spartan Marching band and Wind Ensemble. He was also active in other school activities including Spanish Club and Key Club, while volunteering for the Salvation Army. Ryan plans on majoring in Neuroscience at Ohio State University in the fall.

“I was fortunate enough to play in many memorable games. What I enjoyed most about playing at BCB was the friendships that were formed and carried on through high school. The same kids that I played with are still my friends today. We still discuss old games and great moments from our years at the Fields of Dreams”, said Stilliana

Stilliana played baseball, football and basketball while attending Boardman High School. In addition to sports, he also was involved with Link Crew and Student Council, as well as donating time to youth sports organizations. Stilliana graduated with a 3.7 GPA and plans on majoring in Sports administration/Marketing at Baldwin Wallace University.

“My work ethic was developed at BCB. It made me appreciate how difficult it is to be at the top of your profession. It showed me how to be competitive but still be a good teammate. All-in-all you need to stay humble”.

Sweder noted, “My time at BCB has greatly affected my life. Had I not participated in Little League baseball, I would not have some of the friends and memories that I have today. I learned lessons of resiliency and sportsmanship through my team’s successes and failures. I am thankful for all that the game of baseball at BCB has done to enhance my life”.

Boardman Community Baseball honors its children who have shown that lessons learned on the ballfields can be carried to the classroom and throughout life, with the Chuck Schafer Scholarship. Chuck Schafer was a past coach, volunteer and league President who used his skills as a talented architect to design the Fields of Dreams Complex to cater to families who love Little League as he did. He believed in giving back to his community and paying it forward.

This year will mark the 18th year of providing scholarships. During this time, Boardman Community Baseball has awarded over $85,000 in scholarships to former BCB ball players.

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