Stephen Colvin Flag Football Tournament set for Saturday

HOOSICK, N.Y. — The community of Hoosick Falls and the surrounding area will come out and honor one its own Saturday morning for the 2018 Stephen Colvin Memorial Flag Football Tournament.

The event, which goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will take place at Hoosick Falls Central School. Along with keeping the memory of Colvin alive, the event aims to raise money for the Stephen Colvin Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is given to a student of each gender who will be playing a sport in college.

Stephen W. Forrest Colvin passed away February 2014, while he was skiing in Maine with friends and teammates of the Husson University football team. While he was skiing, an accident occurred that took his life.

Colvin was a graduate of Hoosick Falls and played football for the Panthers. He was remembered for his never-ending work ethic and as one of the happiest and funniest people anyone would ever meet.

Evan Hand, a Hoosick Falls graduate, had known Colvin growing up as Colvin was friends with his older brother. When Hand had seen that the flag football tournament held in Colvin's honor had gone away, he was determined to bring it back not only to raise money for the scholarship, but to keep his old friend's memory alive.

"It's really important for students, who are going to college and playing a sport, to get the scholarship and also to carry on the legacy of Steve," Hand said. "We do it to fundraise for the scholarship and to bring the community closer and to create a bond between everyone."

With football being such a major part of Colvin's life when he was alive, the flag football event was the perfect way to honor him.

"It incorporates everything that Steve once loved. That's what people love about it," Hand said. "It's not just about the competition and winning. It's about just being there that day and being with family and friends and just having fun. People love that aspect."

When the event was held in the past, there was a more competitive aspect to it. Teams who had competed in flag football tournaments across the Northeast would come to compete. With Hand bringing it back, he aimed for a more community, close-to-home approach.

The majority of teams are from Hoosick Falls and Bennington and the surrounding area.

"We're trying to keep it more local, trying to make it more fun and family-based," Hand said.

With Colvin being such a major inspiration in his life, Saturday's event means more than words can describe for Hand. Colvin was a guiding force in his life and he knows he's not the only one with whom that's the case.

"It means a lot to me. He was like an older brother for me," Hand said. "He was a role model growing up and that's why I wore the numbers I wore when I was in high school. I know that I'm not the only one, who he impacted like that. There's plenty of other people, his friends and his family. Even people he didn't know looked up to this person. Everything he did was inspirational."

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