Son of Former Polk State Coach Carrying on Work at Josh Giles Tip-Off Classic
Mon. November 12, 2012 at 12:43 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
BY LISA COFFEY
As Brandon Giles, 24, gets older, the work of the Josh Giles Foundation, named after his late father, becomes more important to him.
The 8th Annual Josh Giles Tip-Off Classic, which begins today at the Polk State College, is the first tournament that Brandon will oversee as director of the foundation.
Josh's son took over the position last summer after his mother, Cynthia, retired from the position.
He is proud to lead the foundation whose mission he believes in.
The mission of the foundation is to maintain coach Giles' vision and continue his work by helping student athletes enrich their lives through education and activities that showcase their talents and advance their dreams.
Josh Giles died of a heart attack in 2002. The Polk County Hall of Famer coached the then-Vikings for 14 seasons, taking them to three state championships and national prominence.
The Tip Off Classic is one of two events the foundation hosts during the calendar year. The second is the Martin Luther King tournament in January.
"I am extremely excited with the duties that come with being director," Giles said. "It means a lot because of who my father was to this community, me and our family. As a child all I knew was that my dad was a basketball coach. As I got older I realized the impact he had in other people's lives. I'd like to honor his legacy by giving back to the local youth."
Proceeds raised from the tournaments have provided more than 20 scholarships of $500 to Polk County basketball players and have helped the Polk State College men's basketball program.
The three-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. today at the Polk State College Health Center in Winter Haven.
It features defending state champion Lake Wales as well as George Jenkins, Tenoroc, Auburndale, Ridge Community, Winter Haven, Lakeland and Santa Fe.
Admission is $4 and $2 for students and seniors.