The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation honored Roger Williams, U. S. Representative and former TCU baseball player, at the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on November 2nd at the Fort Worth Club. Click "Read More" to view more photos from the evening.
Congressman Williams has been the U. S. Representative for Texas’s 25th Congressional District since 2013. Previously, he served under Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of State of Texas from November 2004 to July 2007.
Williams played baseball at TCU from 1968 to 1971 and was an All-Southwest Conference selection as an outfielder his freshman year. His stellar play led him to be named to TCU’s 1960s All-Decade Team. Williams was selected by the Atlanta Braves organization in the 1971 Major League Baseball draft and played three years of minor league baseball. He returned to Texas to coach TCU’s baseball team before he embarked on a career in business and public affairs.
(Photos by Bob Haynes)
BBYF scholarship recipients, now 2017 high school seniors with U. S. Representative Roger Williams
Rep. Williams with scholarship recipients
2017 graduating senior Noble Obriki, his family and Rep. Williams
Attendees keep tabs on World Series Game 7 prior to the Gala program
BBYF board member Michael Davidson (left) with former major leaguer Eddie Robinson
Rep. Williams with former U. S. Ambassador and Texas Rangers' owner Tom Schieffer
Gala chairs Priscilla Hamilton and Martha Fry
BBYF Board Member Aracely Muñoz and Ana Perez
BBYF Board Member Carl and Rebekah Walker
Former Yankee and American League President Dr. Bobby Brown, with BBYF Board
member Kathy Grieve and Rangers analyst Tom Grieve
Live auction featuring Rangers' suite and Cole Hamels framed jersey.
Rep. Williams (left) and emcee Talmage Boston
The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation was established in 1991 by former Major League Baseball player and manager, Bobby Bragan. Since its creation, BBYF has awarded more than $1.8 million in college scholarships in $2,500 increments to 732 deserving students across the metroplex.
BBYF is unique in that it chooses to award college scholarships – not to high school seniors – but to deserving students when they are in the 8th grade, just prior to their entrance into high school. These scholarships are redeemed once students have graduated high school and enrolled in college. By focusing attention on the availability of aid for merit at the middle school level the foundation hopes to inspire students to plan for higher education, dedicate themselves to work hard to reach that goal, and seek out additional aid at an earlier stage in their lives. The success of the BBYF scholarship program is underscored by the fact that 98% of its scholarship recipients have graduated high school and gone on to college, and that at least 20% of its recipients are first-generation college attendees.