Thursday, June 14, 2001

Geimans' son lives on through scholarships

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLD SPRING — Six months ago, Rose and Jimmy Geiman buried a son. Today, they work to keep his memory alive.

        Jimmy Geiman, an outgoing 16-year-old junior at Campbell County High School, was less than a mile from his home on Pooles Creek Road No. 1 last Nov. 26 when he lost control of his car on a slick patch of pavement, slammed sideways into a tree and died.

        “Jimmy was the kind of kid who was nice to everybody and who helped people with the little things, like just being friendly to other kids,” said Mrs. Geiman.

        “We wanted to do something positive about Jimmy's death, so he could keep helping people even though he's gone,” she said.

        The Geimans, with the help of their extended family and many of their friends, have started a scholarship fund named for their late son.

        During a benefit dance in January, the family raised nearly $3,000 for the Jimmy Geiman Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. With that money, two $1,000 scholarships have been awarded.

        One went to Danny Dawson of Alexandria, who played on the Camels football team with Jimmy and who will attend Cincinnati State College to study culinary arts. The other went to Ryan Waters of Cold Spring, who plans on studying business at Northern Kentucky University.

        “These boys were both good friends of Jimmy,” Mr. Geiman said as he held back tears. “I know it means a lot to them to receive the first scholarships.”

        The Geimans want to continue awarding scholarships to students in Campbell County. To raise funds, they'll hold a golf outing at A.J. Jolly Golf Course June 15.

        Cost is $75, which includes greens fees cart, food and drinks all day, including dinner, and a chance to win a one-year lease on a 2001 Cadillac Deville from Thompson-MacConnell Cadillac and big-screen TVs.

        “The response has been fantastic,” said Jimmy's uncle, Keith Geiman of Fort Thomas, one of the event's organizers. “People have just stepped up. Jimmy touched a lot of people's lives, and they want to help do something to keep his memory alive.”

        For information about the golf outing, contact Keith Geiman, (859) 441-3409, or Rose and Jimmy Geiman, (859) 441-1961.


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