Penguins Will Participate Again in Folds of Honor Foundation Program

Ashley White-Stumpf Golf Bag
Ashley White-Stumpf Golf Bag

For the second consecutive year, the Youngstown State women's golf team will participate in The Folds of Honor Foundation program. The Folds of Honor Foundation recognizes a member of the U.S Armed Forces who was killed or disabled while on Active Duty.

Last year, YSU golfers Emily Dixon and Aislynn Merling shared duties carring a golf bag that honored fallen U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley I. White-Stumpf. White-Stumpf was killed in Afghanistan in October of 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device at the age of 24.

After last year's Horizon League-Championship season, the Penguins auctioned off the 2014-15 bag to raise funds for the Folds of Honor program.

The Folds of Honor Program was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot who served three tours in Iraq. This foundation was started to give back to spouses, children and loved ones of soldiers killed or disabled while serving our country. More than 60,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of January 2015, one-million plus dependents have been adversely affected by multiple deployments and 90 percent do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty.

A book entitled Ashley's War, the Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield was released in April 2015. Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses exhaustive firsthand reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from across the Army, and the remarkable hero at its heart: 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf, who would become the first Cultural Support Team member killed in action and the first CST remembered on the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall of Honor alongside the Army Rangers with whom she served.

White-Stumpf's actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. A graduate of Marlington High School and nearby Kent State University, she sadly left behind her parents, Robert and Deborah, twin sister, Brittany, brother, Josh and husband, Cpt. Jason Stumpf.

Learn more about The Folds of Honor Foundation

Read about Ashley I. White-Stumpf