Harold Harper Youth Scholarship
We are pleased to announce the Harold Harper Youth Scholarship Fund facilitated by the Emporia Recreation Center. This scholarship is for baseball and softball players in need of equipment that are registered to play with the Emporia Recreation Center.
Harold Harper began coaching youth sports in Emporia in the 1970s. Through the years, he coached many teams in the community including baseball, softball, basketball and a few soccer and football teams. Harold spent countless hours teaching his children, nieces and nephews and countless other youth athletes to play sports. He was a big believer in teaching the fundamentals of the game and how to compete.
Harold arrived in Emporia, Kansas on June 8, 1974 in an unconventional way by today’s standards. He hitched a ride with a friend from California heading to Michigan, but Harold knew he wasn’t making the full trip. After stops in Las Vegas, Southern Utah and Colorado, they made their way to Kansas where they stopped to camp at Marion Lake. The next morning, they ate breakfast in Emporia. Harold liked Emporia and Emporia State University and decided to stay. He found a room to rent and said goodbye to his friend that same day. He met his wife, Lisa Lombard, that year and married on October 18, 1975. Harold and Lisa had three children, Kris, Katie, and Kacey. Harold Harper passed on December 2, 2020.
The Emporia Recreation Center is honored to have been chosen by Harold Harper’s family to receive memorial funds to facilitate a scholarship program giving assistance to youth athletes for the equipment needed to play baseball and softball. If you know of a family in need, please complete the online nomination form below. If you would like to apply for the scholarships, please fill out the application form and return to the Emporia Recreation Center. Scholarships will be available as long as funds are available.