Mike Foucht, a former star baseball player at UNCW died in February when his Jeep Wrangler was hit by a car and flew over a guard rail on the Martin Luther King Parkway. This weekend his family and friends held a flag football tournament to honor his memory. Turning tragedy into hope is what the tournament was about. "We did this tournament in honor of my husband in order to build up the UNCW scholarship fund," Cara Foucht said. The money raised will go to a Seahawk baseball player. Foucht was a starter and one of UNCW's all-time leaders in games played, home runs, and stolen bases. For Mike's wife, the tournament has been a way to deal with the loss of her husband. "It's definitely rewarding. It helps me get through each day, to know that I have something to channel my energy to in his honor, and to keep his name out there," she said. Cara Foucht says Mike was a role model not only in the sports community, but to everyone he met. "I think Mike made the greatest impact, and that's a true tribute to the kind of person he was and what kind of man I married, to know that all of these people are in support of him," she said. The athletic tournament, a fitting tribute to the man who Cara said should be remembered by, "his smile and how full of life he was." More than 100 people played in Mike Foucht's memory. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the scholarship.
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