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The Boys Home Invitational Golf Tournament Was A Wonderful Success!


On Saturday, May 4, 2024, Boys Home of Virginia hosted its first Invitational Golf Tournament on The Cascades Course at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Check-in began at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Despite the inclement weather, 16 teams enjoyed an exciting round of golf on a beautiful course with a delicious lunch, as well as an exceptional opportunity to support Boys Home.

Awards were given out to the top four teams. The 1st place team had a score of 59, they were sponsored by Campbell Insurance from Lynchburg, Virginia and won the tournament. Golfers included John Alford, Blake Anderson, Will Absher, and Clayton Forren. The 2nd and 3rd place teams both scored 62, but cards were matched to break the tie. The 2nd place team was made up of VMI cadets sponsored by Powell Industries. Golfers included Alan Stewart, Branco Jaworski, Ian Struzzeri and Tim Mackey. Bob and Meredith Sherrill headed up the 3rd place team, along with Zach Crouch and Carter Ramsey. The final winner in 4th place was a team from Lynchburg who scored 63. This team included John Compher, John Maddox, Marty Gibson, and Jackie Mays.

Prizes were also awarded for one longest drive hole #14 and three closest to the pin on holes. Kelly Bingel won the longest drive prize. The winners for closest to the pin were #8 – Blake Anderson, #15 – Perry Williams and #18 – Branco Jarwirski.

Boys Home would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: RESCO Electronics, Powell Industries, Byer Incorporated, Oliver Distributing Company, Jack Mason’s Tavern and Brewing, Valley Supermarket IGA, and The Rail Bar and Grille/The Cat and Owl Restaurant. Also, a special thank you to The Omni Homestead Resort and The Cascades Golf Course staff for their help in creating this wonderful event.  












First Place – John Alford, Blake Anderson, Will Absher, and Clayton Forren – Campbell Insurance 













Second Place – Alan Stewart, Branco Jaworski, Ian Struzzeri, and Tim Mackey – VMI Cadets – Powell Industries 













Third place – Bob Sherrill, Meredith Sherrill, Zach Crouch, and Carter Ramsey 













Fourth place – John Compher, John Maddox, Marty Gibson, and Jackie Mays 

  • By Laura Robertson
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Boys Home of Virginia to host Spring Open House on April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Boys Home of Virginia is excited to announce their annual spring open house on Thursday, April 25. The event is open to the public. Guests are invited to meet staff and students, enjoy a wonderful lunch, and learn about the Boys Home program.

Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the new Hileman Leadership Center, located next to the Costan gymnasium. This event will kick off with the long-awaited ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 10:15 a.m. to unveil the newest addition to the Boys Home campus.

To attend the open house, please RSVP to Melinda at or call 540-965-7707 by Friday, April 19.

  • By Laura Robertson
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Former Executive Director and Alumnus Donnie E. Wheatley Enters the Boys Home of Virginia Hall of Fame

John Williams, Donnie Wheatley and Chris Doyle

On Friday, March 22, family, friends, alumni and more gathered to celebrate inductee Donnie E. Wheatley into the 2024 Boys Home of Virginia Hall of Fame.

(Pictured above/left to right – Board President, John Williams, Former Executive Director Donnie E. Wheatley and Executive Director Chris Doyle)

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2024 Spring Soccer Season Begins at Boys Home of Virginia

                                                                                            team soccer picture

Front row: Michael Miller (goalie)

Middle row: Nazayah Harmond, Tyrese Jacques and Kemon Lewis

Back row: Head Coach Marie Mason, Kenneth Bailey, Sedekee Koroma, DeLeon Lee, Paul Voigts, Josiah Culp and Assistant Coach Chris Doyle (left/right)

Not pictured – Sage Custalow and Jeff Otieno


On March 21, Boys Home will kick off the spring soccer season. The team is led by Head Coach Marie Mason and Assistant Coaches Jason Bush and Chris Doyle. Student Bryson Rhoades will play the role of team manager. Head Coach Mason states, “I am looking forward to the spring soccer season. We have a young team with a lot of talent. I think it will be an exciting season.” In addition, Assistant Coach Doyle states, “I want our players to understand that there is nothing better than being on a team and a part of something bigger than yourself. I am looking forward to seeing our players grow together, work hard, overcome obstacles and celebrate our successes.”

In addition to the coaches and team manager, game captains will vary throughout the season. The opportunity will allow multiple players to serve in a leadership role.

Athletics at Boys Home serve as an excellent way for our students to develop physically, mentally and socially. Please join us to cheer on the team at the first home game on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. against Craig County High School.

2024 spring soccer schedule

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Former Boys Home Associate Director, Paul Siple, Entered the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame

Boys Home students posed with Paul’s Daughter and Grandson – Ephy Morris, Josh Eng, Beverley Siple Ellis, Billy Siple, Sage Custalow and Justus Dostal (left/right)

On February 4, 2024, the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its 2024 class. One of the four recipients was former Boys Home assistant director, coach and mentor Paul Siple. The event featured a great guest speaker, fellow Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball pitcher Billy Wagner. Billy offered an emotional speech to the crowd about his humble beginnings and the journey that landed him among the elites. He stated, “Size has nothing to do with heart. I was told so many times that I wouldn’t make it because I was too small. No matter what, go win the game.” 


Mark Pifer, Paul Siple’s stepson, accepted the award on his behalf. Paul passed away in 2015 at age 93. Also in attendance was Paul’s daughter Beverely Ellis and grandson Billy Siple. Mark stated, “Paul was very competitive. When he was watching baseball, it was better to be silent and let him think. He had a true love for Boys Home. I am happy to see a table here tonight of Boys Home students and staff. I know that would have made Paul happy.” 


Paul was a 1938 graduate of Clifton Forge High School. Additionally, he graduated from Bridgewater College in 1942, where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball as the shortstop and team captain. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1957.


His career at Boys Home began in 1960 and would continue through 1992. He was initially hired as a coach and recreation director and led the 1962-1963 baseball team to a near-perfect season with a record of 17-1. Perhaps out of all the titles Paul Siple held at Boys Home, mentor is the most fitting for his impact on and off the field. He embodied the Boys Home mission of developing each young man we serve physically, mentally, socially and emotionally to become successful men who positively impact their communities.