Mears scholarship announced

To the nearly 200 named scholarship funds in the Volunteer Athletic Scholarship Fund, you can add a new one: "The Ray and Dana Mears Basketball Athletic Scholarship."

That fund, started by Mears' sons Steve and wife Karen, Mike and wife Allison and Matt and wife Leigh, and family member Betty Amiller, was announced Wednesday in ceremonies at the Tennessee Grill on Neyland Drive. True to form, Mears wore an orange tie to the ceremonies in the shadow of pictures of many of his greatest basketball moments at Tennessee.

"We're glad to have our names on this scholarship," Ray and Dana said. "The University of Tennessee has been a great part of our lives."

Steve said it was the perfect way to celebrate his parents' 50th wedding anniversary, celebrated June 20 this month. With them celebrating their anniversary, it seemed to be a good thing to do," Steve said. "They were really surprised. It took it a while to sink in."

Present for their ceremony were Ray, Dana and Steve Mears, head basketball coach Buzz Peterson, and John Currie and Scott Rabenold from the VASF. Sons Mike and Matt live in Concord, N.C., and Kingsport, respectively.

"We are honored that Coach Mears and Dana will be honored in this way," Rabenold said. "They are an integral part of the Tennessee athletic tradition and the success of student-athletes in Buzz's program will be part of the Mears legacy at Tennessee."

For more information about the Ray and Dana Mears Basketball Athletic Scholarship, please contact John Currie or Scott Rabenold at (865) 974-1218.

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