1 Mile and 5 K Fun Run to support the Doug Sibley Memorial Scholarship
The Doug Sibley Memorial Scholarship 1 Mile and 5K Fun Run is being held to raise funds for the Doug Sibley Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is presented each year to one Paul Pewitt High School senior male athlete that exhibits the qualities that former Pewitt coach Doug Sibley would have looked for and expected from his athletes. These qualities include hard work, dedication, desire, leadership, and a never quit attitude. Several former scholarship recipients have been able to further their education beyond high school with the help of the Doug Sibley Memorial Scholarship.
Coach Doug Sibley and his family moved to Omaha, Texas and began coaching at Paul Pewitt High School in the fall of 1980. He was the Defensive Coordinator for the varsity football team, the assistant varsity basketball coach, and the head high school track and field coach. Though Coach Sibley loved coaching, his true passion was being in the classroom and teaching. He taught American History, Sociology, and Drivers Education. He truly loved seeing his students learn and succeed. Sibley held this position for 22 years at Pewitt High School until he passed away on December 11, 2001 after suffering a massive stroke.
Many of Coach Sibley's former students have often expressed the great impact that he had on their lives. He was always willing to listen to his students and help them in times of trouble. At a memorial service held for him following his passing, more than 1,000 community members, former students, and family members gathered to honor him. They discussed his passion for teaching, his love for his students and the Naples and Omaha communities, his desire for success, and the difference that he made in their lives and the lives of those around them. Coach Sibley was a loving father, teacher, coach, and friend.
Running was one of Coach Sibley's passions. He began every morning with a 4 mile run around Omaha. This event was organized in honor and memory of him and his love for running. This years race will be run our newly USA Track & Field Certified course thus making it a certified event.