Taylor Emmons Scholarship Funds first recipiant; Desmond Lindsay gets drafted be the New York Mets

Local Sarasota Student Drafted by NY Mets 

The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce their first scholarship recipient, Desmond Lindsay, as the 53rd draft pick by the New York Mets.  Each year, the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund (TESF) awards a full, four year scholarship to a deserving student at The Out-of-Door Academy’s Upper School. These individuals experience an independent, college preparatory education, with a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.

Needless to say, since being the first recipient of the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund, Lindsay has exceeded expectations, both on and off the field.  He excelled academically, socially, and athletically, while taking the time to also give back to his community.  Recently, Lindsay graduated with the Class of 2015 from The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida and committed to playing baseball at the University of North Carolina.

News of Lindsay’s invitation from the Mets late Monday night came as an incredible honor for the 6 foot, 200 pound, 18 year old, outfielder, who has always been passionate about this game.  Desmond has shown everyone through hard work, perseverance, determination, and even injuries that nothing could stop him from making his dream of playing professional baseball a reality.  The Mets have been noted on social media as describing Lindsay as a “hidden gem,” due to his power-hitting and speed on the field.  Anyone who has seen him play or gotten to experience the warmth and genuineness of this young man, knows the Mets, the coaches, the players, and the fans will not be disappointed in their decision to make Lindsay part of their team.

“Getting the news of Desmond being drafted by the New York Mets has to be one of the highlights for the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund since our inception over four years ago,” stated Mike and Katie Emmons, founders of the Taylor Emmons Memorial Foundation and parents of Taylor William Emmons, whose legacy the foundation was created after his untimely passing in December 2010.  “From day one, we have taken such pride in watching Desmond develop into the driven, young man he is today.  Being our first scholarship recipient, he has continued to go above and beyond to embody the values and characteristics needed to be successful not only in school or on the field, but in life.  When we see Desmond and all he’s accomplished, we get a glimpse of our son, Taylor, and all he stood for – solid character, steadfast humility, and strong beliefs.  Moments like this are why we knew early on that we had to do everything we could to fulfill Taylor’s legacy and keep his dreams of helping others alive.  We are overjoyed to cheer Desmond on in his new adventure with the New York Mets and wish him and the team the best of luck for the upcoming season.”

We are confident he will make a significant impact and be a positive force. Congratulations Desmond Lindsay and good luck!

To get additional information on the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund and submit a deserving student for scholarship consideration, please visit www.temmons.org.

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About Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund

The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund will provide opportunities for socio-economically diverse students to experience an independent, college preparatory education at The Out-of-Door Academy's Upper School. They will learn in an environment which allows students to strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics. The Emmons Family is looking to endow the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund at $1.3 million dollars in order to provide (4) four-year scholarships simultaneously.
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