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Bertelkamp, Harmony surprised by scholarship

A lifelong fan of Tennessee Volunteers athletics, Patrick Harmony repeatedly has heard Bert Bertelkamp’s radio cry of “MONEY” whenever there’s a huge late-game basket for Bruce Pearl’s basketball Vols.

Following a ceremony late last week at Willow Creek Golf Club, Bertelkamp’s symbolic decree of “money” became a huge scholarship “basket” for Harmony.

The inaugural Bert Bertelkamp Athletic Scholarship Award ($2,000), facilitated through Bearden High School Foundation, was awarded to Harmony, a BHS senior and All-state soccer midfielder, during a ceremony prior to the Foundation’s Eighth Annual Bearden Bulldog Classic Friday afternoon, May 7.

Set up and funded by Bertelkamp’s sister, Lori Bertelkamp McKelvey, to honor one BHS senior each year, Friday’s events surprised both Bertelkamp and Harmony.

“I’m just really kinda overwhelmed. ... I’m just touched that she would think of me that way,” said Bertelkamp, former BHS basketball All-American [Class of 1976], ex-UT guard and radio color commentator for Vol men’s basketball. “It’s very meaningful to me.

“She’s a great girl.”

Buddy Heins, Foundation president, said Bertelkamp was honored because “Bert has pitched in to help us with the funding, has always helped us. Bert’s one of those guys if you ask him, he’ll do it. ... Bert’s headed up the United Way. He’s pitched in on a lot of different things.”

Harmony was lured to Willow Creek as “a volunteer worker” by family friend and Foundation Board member, Michelle Decker.

“It worked, I had no idea,” Harmony said. “I’m honored to be the first recipient. It’s exciting.”

Harmony said he will attend UT this fall.

Robin Gold, golf tourney coordinator and Foundation Board member, said 70 participated in this year’s Classic. Gold estimated the 2010 tourney would take in “$8,000 to $9,000” for such BHS needs as “teacher grants” for classroom needs, including funds for “smart boards” and for “different clubs and organizations.”


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