Stone Ambos Courts Receive Additional $15,000 Donation 
Todd Nelson presents a check from the Nelson Family Foundation for the Stone Ambos Courts For Kids

The construction of the Stone Ambos Courts For Kids project took a big step forward on Tuesday with a gracious donation on Tuesday.


“The Stone Ambos Courts For Kids are being built in memory of our dear friend, classmate and teammate Stone Ambos,” stated the #StoneToughBoard in its presentation to the Perkins Local Schools Board of Education. “It is our goal to build a lasting tribute to a great young man that can be used to better the lives of young children and adults for years to come.”


Stone Ambos was a Perkins High School freshman when he died on May 11, 2018, after collapsing during a club basketball practice the day before. The Stone Ambos Courts will have two regulation-sized outdoor basketball courts and be built just west of the softball court behind Perkins High School and adjacent to the rear parking lot of Briar Middle School. The asphalt courts will have lighting and bleachers.


Perkins Athletics Booster President Matt Schweinfurth, and Perkins Schools supporters and boosters Ed Hartung, Paul Koch, and Gene Kidwell make up the #StoneToughBoard leading the effort to build the courts. In addition parents and other boosters continue to seek funding for the estimated $100,000 project.


A friend of the Ambos family and active Perkins Athletic Booster Club supporter, Thom Siegel, spoke with Todd Nelson of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions and president of Todd and Shari Nelson Family Foundation, about the outdoor basketball courts and why they were being planned. “This fits well with the Foundation’s mission,” said Mr. Nelson. “What could we do to help?”


Mr. Nelson, who lives in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where Kalahari Resorts is based, visited Perkins Schools to deliver a $15,000 donation from the Todd and Shari Nelson Family Foundation to help build the outdoor basketball courts.


Stone’s parents, Mark and Carie Ambos, were among school officials and coaches who attended a ceremony on Tuesday at the site of the courts to receive the Foundation’s generous gift. In addition to his parents, Stone is survived by his birth mother, Elizabeth Ohlemacher of Sandusky; sisters, Courtnee Ambos and Morgan Anderson; and brothers, Trenton Zimmerman, Fletcher Anderson, Brodey Anderson, and Hunter Reed.


The donation from the Nelson Family Foundation is one of several to the project including Precision Paving Inc. of Milan, the general contractor for the court’s earthwork and building the court surface. Hermes Parker Concrete will add concrete work.


The Perkins Township trustees also have donated $20,000 to the construction of the courts. Other donors include Hartung Title, Plato’s Closet, Civista Bank, Cedar Fair, Chet & Matt’s Pizza, Duff & Gina Milkie, Kristina & Mark Zokle, Cameo Pizza, The Russell Classic, Sandusky Wellness, Balconi Monument, Ninke Lawn Services, and Janotta & Herner.



Posted by j_stacklin On 10 April, 2019 at 11:35 AM