Since the inaugural “Hoody” in 2016, ATC has sponsored and supported The Hoody Memorial, a philanthropic endeavor near and dear to ATC CTO, Nick Enger. Enger’s good friend from high school at Lakota West, Corey Hood, passed away in a tragic skydiving accident performing with the Golden Knights at the Chicago Air & Water Show in 2015.
Enger, like many others close to Corey, grieved with family and friends. But Enger—inspired by his friend’s life—quickly acted and launched the Hoody Memorial Fund in memory of his friend, “Master Sergeant Corey Hood.” Enger established “The Hoody” through the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (now the Northern Cincinnati Foundation).
Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd and 101st Airborne and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. He was selected to The U.S. Army Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, in 2014.
The annual memorial awards “The Hoody Memorial Scholarship” ($7500) to a Lakota student who possesses the same positive qualities that Hood exhibited throughout his life – a strong will, a desire to succeed, and “a little bit of grit.” Through Enger’s leadership, The Hoody has carried on strong since 2016 and has now expanded to include two additional funds under the “Hoody” name:
- Hoody Memorial Lakota Athletics Fund – $7,500 Annual Grant to a Non-Profit Supporting Local Veterans and Service Members
- Hoody Memorial Veteran’s & Active Service Member’s Fund – $7,500 Annual Grant to Support Lakota Athletics
ATC is the Skydiver Sponsor for this year’s event. Team Fastrax™ will be jumping in for the opening and closing ceremonies. Team Fastrax has performed thousands of exhibition skydives at every entertainment venue imaginable. The team has performed as far away as Moscow, Russia, Doha, Qatar, Yanchi, China, Normandy, France, and other notable countries. The skydive team consists of many Armed Forces veterans and is approved to jump into highly-restricted airspace. Team Fastrax is the only civilian parachute demonstration team to have performed over Ground Zero on 9/11 in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, and over the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Hoody Memorial golf outing includes both a morning and afternoon tee time, an amazing and very patriotic opening ceremony, a raffle (do not have to be present to win), and a dinner reception at the Back Porch. Opening Ceremonies begin at 1:15 p.m. at Glenview Golf Course. They consist of color guard, bagpipers, the National Anthem, and Team Fastrax jumping into the golf course… plus a surprise or two. Opening ceremonies are open to the public.
The day kicks off with morning registration at 6:00 a.m., followed by the first tee time and “cannon” start at 7:30 a.m. The afternoon registration opens at 11:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony and second tee time (1:30 p.m.). The dinner/after party includes a “Hoody Hoodlums” bounce house park, ribs and chicken dinner, NashBros Band from Nashville, K-Ru$h from Key West, raffle prizes, split the pot. As part of the closing ceremony, the Team Fastrax Skydivers will be jumping in at 9:15 p.m. with LED light suits and fireworks. The evening will be MC’d by Brian Thomas from 55KRC.
When: August 6th, 2022
Where: Glenview Golf Course (10965 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246)
Tee Times: 7:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
About The Hoody Memorial
The Hoody Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner is an annual event that benefits The Hoody Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty Alliance and remembers MSGT Corey Hood. MSGT Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd and 101st Airborne and had earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. He was selected to The U.S. Army Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, in 2014. On August 16th, 2015, Corey passed away from injuries suffered while performing with the Golden Knights at the Chicago Air & Water Show.
Prior to his time in the Army, Corey was a proud Lakota West graduate who played football and wrestled for the school. Corey was a tough athlete both mentally and physically with a lot of heart and a lot of energy. The positive qualities Corey possessed as an athlete at Lakota West proved to serve him well while in the Army.