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George Desalvia Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Money for Student Scholarships

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By Katie Korkosz

The Fifth Annual George DeSalvia Memorial Golf Tournament took place on Saturday, May 30, at Orange National Golf Course in Winter Garden, Fla. The DeSalvia family organized the golf tournament for friends and family. One hundred sixteen golfers played and supported the cause.

George DeSalvia was an Orlando police officer who was killed in the line of duty on February 3, 2000. He was backing up another officer on a routine traffic stop when the driver jumped out of the car and began firing, hitting George one time in the head and killing him. George left behind three children and a lifetime of memories.

As tragic and painful as this event was, some good has come of it. Not only will this scholarship help a student who is majoring in the field of criminal justice, it will also keep alive George's name, pride and heroism.

This year's golf tournament raised $9,020, which will go toward the George DeSalvia Memorial Endowed Scholarship fund in the College of Health and Public Affairs, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time this fall.

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