Sep 4, 2013
On April 6, 2012, the University of Minnesota and the Golden Gopher football team lost one of its own when Gary Tinsley passed away due to an enlarged heart.
Tinsley was set to graduate on May 10, 2012, and his parents accepted his bachelor of science degree in business marketing education, which was awarded posthumously, at the commencement ceremony.
Although Tinsley is no longer with us, his infectious smile and underdog attitude live on at Minnesota. The team wore GT51 patches on its game uniforms last year and a mural of Tinsley still adorns the entrance to the team's locker room at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Before every practice, Coach Kill and the team all take a knee to remember Tinsley.
After Tinsley's passing, the Gary Tinsley Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships to undergraduates in the business marketing education program who need financial assistance.
For the second straight year, one way funds are being generated for the scholarships are through the Minnesota Ultimate Auction. The auction, which is now live, features nearly 100 items items and is scheduled to end on Sept. 18.
Items up for bid include autographed memorabilia, merchandise, gift cards, riverboat cruises and golf tee times, as well as many unique fan experiences.
The entire amount of funds collected from the auction will go to the Gary Tinsley Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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