Penguins Participate Again in Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program

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

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

This season, Tori Utrup and Jenna Vivo will each carry a golf bag that honors 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. The team has auctioned off the bag each year with the funds donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

This past weekend, members of the women's golf program took part in the YSU ROTC Golf Outing at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club in Warren, Ohio. The participants were able to raise $984 for the Folds of Honor Foundation in honor of White-Stumpf. Over the past five years, they have raised over $4,000 through auctions.

The Folds of Honor Military Tribute 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 had been adversely affected by multiple deployments and 90 percent did 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 on 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 had 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.

For more information on how to support the program or for information on our next golf bag auction, contact Head Coach Nate Miklos at nmiklos@ysu.edu