The Elton Goodwin Memorial Foundation and Scholarship Fund
The Elton Goodwin Memorial Foundation is an IRS registered, 501(c) 3 / 509(a)2 'Non-Profit, Public Charity'. Posthumously formed following his death in 2013, it is the goal of this Foundation to preserve the staggering legacy "Coach" Goodwin leaves to the children of the South Kitsap community, through the creation of scholastic and athletic opportunities. Whether through our many scholarship awards, our passionate support of area youth athletics, or our dedicated commitment to improving student athletic facilities at South Kitsap High School, 100% of the funds we raise go towards making South Kitsap a stronger community.
Spanning nearly a century, the rich sporting tradition of South Kitsap High School is well documented. A nationally recognized 4A powerhouse, the Wolves have won a combined 80 State Championships, and 5 National Titles in team and individual competition; and too many League Championships to count. This storied history would not be complete however, without acknowledging the staggering accomplishments of the legendary "Coach" Elton Goodwin.
An inductee into both the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame, Elton amassed nearly 500 victories, 19 League Titles, 3 State Championships, and nine 'Top 5' finishes over an almost thirty year career. He sent nearly a dozen players to the prop ranks, literally hundreds more to the collegiate level, and is widely recognized as on of the most influential forces in the history of Washington State High School athletics.
Elton Goodwin is a man however, who legacy extends far beyond the record books he dominates. He was a father, a brother, a husband, and a pillar of his community who was a far greater champion off the field, than he was on it. He is responsible for shaping the minds of three decades of our community's youth, and for re-shaping the face of high school baseball in our state.
When South Kitsap unexpectedly lost Coach Goodwin in Nov. 2013, it was an event that shook this community to its core. Gone was the man who had stared adversity in the face his entire life, and won; the man who time and again had taken our underperforming teenagers under his wing and bred them into champions. In a twist of fate, Goliath had finally taken our 'David'. His funeral was attended by well over a thousand people; some coming from as far away as Japan, Europe, and Australia to pay their respects. He is an icon of our community, youth sports statewide, and a man who legacy we are committed to passing to generations not blessed to have been coached, or taught by him. This Foundation is our gift to him, and to the children of the South Kitsap community.
This Foundation shares deeply in Elton's commitment to the children of our community; and the diagram below illustrates not only the breadth of our commitment to these goals, but allows transparency with our donor base; permitting you to see exactly how your donations are being used to create impactful opportunities for our children.
The Foundation seeks financing from a broad range of funding sources including grants, endowments, and corporate sponsorships; however our strongest donor base is right here at home. Actively raising funds in the community throughout the year, the Foundation hosts or co-sponsors such annual events as “The Tribute to Our Troops” baseball game held at Cheyney Stadium in Tacoma, Wa each May; “The Elton Goodwin Memorial Golf Tournament” held each June; and “The Annual Fall Dinner and Auction” held each November. We are a Port Orchard Chamber Member; a Port Orchard Rotary Member; Platinum Level sponsor of the Demarini Renegades Youth Baseball program; and are actively engaged in raising funds and equipment for our three local "Little League" associations and the South Kitsap Special Olympics Program.