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Edwards memorial to help athletes improve

Special to the DailyA memorial to Andrew Claymon, the "Always Pursue" Ball Wall, will be built at Battle Mountain High School. It'll have Claymon's motto, "Always Pursue," emblazoned on it. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month.

EDWARDS, Colorado – It just seems right that an Andrew Claymon memorial is designed to help people bounce back.

Later this month, the Claymon family and friends hope to starting building the “Andrew Claymon Always Pursue Ball Wall” at Battle Mountain High School. It’s a memorial for Andrew and a training tool for Battle Mountain athletes.

Andrew was a Battle Mountain sophomore when he died of cancer. If there was a ball somewhere in his vicinity, he was bouncing it or throwing it or hitting it. His battle against cancer was long and courageous.

“We want the ball wall to help BMHS athletes and kids on other youth sports teams develop their skills, as well as be a memorial to Andrew Claymon,” said Mike Claymon, Andrew’s father.

They’ve raised around $30,000 and are waiting for the weather to clear so they can start construction. They hope to have it completed some time in mid- to late April, so Battle Mountain’s spring athletes can use it.

“Andrew’s motto, ‘Always Pursue’ will be prominently engraved onto both sides and each end of the wall, reminding all those who use the wall to pursue their passions, to never give up, to have strength and courage, to never show self-pity, to inspire and challenge, and to accomplish everything possible,” Mike said.

Andrew loved lacrosse and he loved his high school, Mike said. He played high school lacrosse his freshman year and helped coach Battle Mountain his sophomore year, after he fell ill.

The ball wall will be used as a practice, training and teaching tool for the local sports teams to throw and catch lacrosse balls and soccer balls, or anything else that will help them improve their game, Mike said.

Battle Mountain lacrosse coach Jerry Nichols came up with the idea last fall.

It’ll be a concrete wall 40 feet wide by 12 feet tall, and will be located next to the practice field behind the high school. Artificial turf will cover the ground on one side.

There’ll be a stone sign bearing Andrew’s motto, “Always Pursue,” and acknowledgement of the people who donated money.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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