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Football coach Robert Mahaney is shown here in Mapleton's playoff game against Valley Christian in 2018. Mahaney moved on to become the football coach at Shelby in 2019.

ASHLAND - Mapleton’s football, wrestling and baseball programs are receiving a significant boost, thanks to the generosity of a grateful alumnus.

Bob Simonson, a local businessman and a 1970 graduate of Mapleton, gave a total of $200,000 to support the programs, both in the short-term and long into the future.

A portion of Simonson’s gift will be used to establish three separate endowment funds at Ashland County Community Foundation-- one to benefit each of the three programs. The remaining dollars will be given to the programs over the next several years, while the endowment funds grow.

The Robert Simonson Family Endowment Funds for football, wrestling and baseball will provide annual income for each of the three sports, elevating the programs for students at each grade level while relieving some of the annual fundraising burden from sports booster clubs.

Simonson said his aim is to ensure current and future Mounties have the same positive experience he had as a student athlete.

A three-sport athlete, Simonson competed in football and wrestling and threw the shot and discus in track. He credits Jim Reynolds and Lonnie Atchison for relentlessly pushing him towards excellence and achievement through determination.

“At Mapleton, my coaches demanded hard work, commitment and intensity. Those values have guided me throughout my life as a businessman, father and grandfather,” Simonson said. “I want today’s students and tomorrow’s students to have that same ‘Mountie Pride.’”

Contributions of any amount can be added to any of the three endowment funds at any time. Donations can be made online at www.accfdonations.org, or checks made payable to “Ashland County Community Foundation” can be mailed to 300 College Ave. Ashland, OH 44805. In the subject line, include, “Robert Simonson Family Fund, fbo Mapleton Football,” “Robert Simonson Family Fund, fbo Mapleton Wrestling” or “Robert Simonson Family Fund, fbo Mapleton Baseball.”

Endowment funds can be established at ACCF to benefit any extracurricular program. Funds have been established not only for athletic programs but also for programs such as band and mock trial.

“By setting up an endowment fund, donors like Bob are able to create a permanent legacy to help a program grow and continue to flourish,” ACCF President/CEO Jim Cutright said.

For more information about establishing a new endowment fund, contact Jim Cutright at 419-281-4733.

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $16 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.

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