Family donation to fund annual award in memory of deceased OSD graduate Dallas Lowry
SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students and staff solemnly assembled Wednesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. in the Larry Hawkins Activity Center gym to honor Dallas Lowry.
Lowry, a beloved OSD 2021 graduate, died on June 10 when he was hit by a car. He was riding his bike to work with his brother Kale Lowry in Broken Arrow.
Lowry’s father Scott, mother Lacy, and brother Kale presented a $15,000 check to OSD Foundation member Bill Wright.
“We decided we’re going to give these funds to the foundation from our family to all of you,” Scott Lowry said. “We’re proud to do this. We’re happy to do it, so it can go to the Fighting Heart Award every year to help others carry on and do what Dallas did.”
Lowry won the annual award for the 2019-20 school year, which OSD renamed the Dallas Lowry Fighting Heart Award in his honor.
“Dallas himself was the perfect person for this award,” Athletic Director Levi Mathis said. “He was awesome. He was motivated. He was passionate. He was a leader and gave everything he had every minute of his life.”
The award will now assist an OSD student each year with whatever he or she needs most, such as purchasing a vehicle, education expenses or an initial rent payment for an apartment.
OSD students, staff and foundation members surprised the Lowry family with a temporary memorial and plans for a wall with his story and a life-size photo. The temporary poster shows Dallas Lowry communicating ‘I love you” in American Sign Language and holding out his fist for students to bump in the gym hallway.
Football Coach Jason Sledd, “I will make sure that his legacy lives on with the students here at OSD.”
During his high school career, Lowry participated on the football, basketball, track and golf teams and was named to the OSD honor roll. He was a member of the 2018-2019 football team which earned a Great Plains Schools for the Deaf co-championship.
Lowry represented OSD as a Student Ambassador, Key Club member and participant in Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf, an OSD employment program.
“What Dallas meant to this school, and what this school meant to him is so hard to express in words,” OSD Superintendent Chris Dvorak said. “His greatest accomplishment was earning the admiration and friendship of everyone he was around.
“He seized life here at OSD with intensity and joy,” Dvorak added. “We hope that each young person in our school will continue to be inspired by Dallas and will experience the same vigor for life."
Oklahoma School for the Deaf is a deaf education immersion school, which offers challenging academic programs meeting all state-mandated education requirements plus specialized instruction with no communication barriers. The school also provides free outreach services to students attending other public schools, their families and local school systems. For more information, phone 580-622-4900 or visit http://www.osd.k12.ok.us/.
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