Troy Hodges was a teacher and coach at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, KS from 1977 until his retirement in 2001. He taught mathematics and was head coach in both football and wrestling. During his tenure he was dedicated to providing knowledge, life skills, inspiration and encouragement to each student and athlete that he encountered. He was a father figure to many. His goal was to create an environment that promoted learning in an enjoyable atmosphere but with high standards for the personal achievement of his students. Coach Hodges was honored for his successful coaching career by being inducted into the J.C. Harmon Sports Hall of Fame, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the Kansas State Activities Association Hall of Fame. He passed away in March of 2011 following a long illness.
Scholarships will be provided to graduating seniors from J.C. Harmon High School and other Kansas City, Kansas High Schools thru an association with the Kansas City, Kansas School Foundation for Excellence. Scholarships will range from $500 to $2500 and vary in number each year dependent on the funds raised in the previous calendar year. This May (2012) seven $1,000 and one $500 scholarships were awarded in the first year of the program.
Funds are being raised each year through private and corporate donations as well as fundraising events. Upcoming events include a silent auction at the 2013 Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament and the Troy Hodges Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament next June 19 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.
Neil Harris and Jeff Smith both played football for Coach Hodges at J.C. Harmon High School. Both had successful college football careers and have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers. They have come together to establish the Troy Hodges Memorial Scholarship with the Hodges family.
Graduating Seniors from Kansas City, Kansas USD#500 are invited to apply for the Troy Hodges Memorial Scholorship. The number and amount of scholarships is determined yearly and is dependent on the amount of money raised during the preceeding calendar year. Students may contact their guidance councelor for more information.
$52,500 has been awarded to 46 deserving graduates since 2012.
Mrs. Cathy Hodges with son Aaron Hodges and daughter Nicole Hodges.
Picture by Sharon Barb O'Conner