~~ About the Tony Rolon Hockey Scholarship Fund ~~
The Tony Rolon Hockey Scholarship Fund
was established in 2012 in memory of Tony
Rolon. As a ministry of St. Matthias
Lutheran Church, its mission is to:
Provide financial assistance for children to
participate in youth ice hockey programs.
All monies for the fund come from private donations and fundraisers. We are a 501(c)(3), which means that donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consult your tax professional for details.
Youth between 6 and 18 living in Pinellas, Pasco,
Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee or Sarasota counties
in Florida are invited to apply for financial assistance.
Application periods are:
June 1 and July 31 for the fall/winter season
January 1 and February 28 for the spring/summer season
Click here for more information.
~~ About Tony ~~
Roberto Antonio Rolon, "Tony", was born in Wichita Falls,
Texas on September 5, 1962. The son of an Air force sergeant,
Tony frequently moved from base to base, but at the age of 9
his family settled in Camden Delaware. This is where Tony first
found his love for the game of hockey, spending his winters playing
on the frozen Moores Lake. In 1979 his family moved to
Spring Hill, Florida. Upon graduation from Springstead High School,
Tony attended the University of Florida before becoming employed with
the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Tony worked in several capacities at the police department, from patrol
officer, to vice and narcotics detective and field training. In 1985,
Tony married Laurie Mauro-Rolon, his wife of 25 years and together they
have two children, Christi and Cameron. They resided in Safety Harbor, FL
and attended St. Matthias Lutheran Church where Tony took on roles as
assistant minister and church council member. Shortly before his retirement
in 2008, Tony started working as a motor cycle officer, an area of police work
he most enjoyed, and became an avid motorcycle enthusiast writing articles
on motor cycle safety for a local magazine.
After retirement, Tony started coaching youth ice hockey, where he
rediscovered his love for the game. More than that, Tony found a passion
for mentoring children involved in the sport. He initially started his
coaching career with in-house recreational league hockey teams, but quickly
moved on to coach with Dunedin, Tarpon, Countryside (DTC) High School and the
Raiders Travel hockey teams.
Tony Rolon passed away on March 26, 2011, but in spite of this, both his high
school team and Raiders travel team have gone on to participate in state,
national, and international championships. His legacy continues not only
through his family and church,
but through the children he coached.
St. Matthias Luthern Church is a member of the Florida Bahamas Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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