PARIS, TX -- A golf tournament benefiting children with special needs is being held in Paris this weekend.
The annual Red, White and Blue golf tournament benefits the Madison Hope Nation Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Madison was born in 2001 with Dandy Walker, a congenital brain defect. After her death in 2007, her family realized how many lives she touched and saw a void in scholarships for children with special needs.
"Maddie passed away at the age of five and she was a bright shining star," said Madison's mom Diane Nation. "She was an example of when you don't have everything in life and you have some challenges, that she could improvise, adapt and overcome and she did it with a smile on her face."
Maddie's Gift gives scholarships to seniors in the Lamar County special education programs.
"One of the things that our family did was to play golf, so she went to the golf course a lot with her own little golf clubs and her pink golf balls," said Nation. "The first couple of years we actually played the Red, White and Blue golf tournament some of the golfers played with pink golf balls."
The tournament will be Saturday at the Paris Golf and Country Club with tee times at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is still available the day of the event.
This year Maddie's Gift handed out eight, $1,000 scholarships to seniors in Lamar County who are graduating with some kind of special need or disability.
Donations can be made to Maddie's Gift at 3140 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 or visit Maddiesgift.com