Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

"Ken Dawg" Memorial Scholarship

"Ken Dawg" Memorial Scholarship was created by John Sr., Judy, Roxann, Anna, John Jr., and Christopher, to honor the memory of their son, brother, and best friend, Kenny McGeshick, who died in a car accident March 13, 2011, at the age of 35. Ken also left behind five beautiful children, Reighn, Storm, Jade, Avery, Destiny and best friend, his dog, 'Louie'.

We organized the 1st Annual "Ken Dawg" Memorial Texas Hold'Em Tournament in Ken's name to assist Lac Vieux Desert tribal youth participating in sports and summer camps, i.e. basketball, baseball, football, karate, dance and many more. The family wants to keep his memory alive by encouraging young men and women to discover, pursue, and nurture their talents and to stay active.

Ken was very active in sports, mainly basketball, golf, and softball, and later in his young life discovered poker. He loved the game of cards, especially Texas Hold'Em, and soon devoted much of his time playing online and in local tournaments. He won the Lac Vieux Desert Employee Texas Hold'Em Tournament in February 2011 and went on to play at the Island Casino and placed in the money. That was it!! I can still picture him like it was yesterday, the enthusiasm in his voice, his smile from ear to ear as he excitedly shared his big win. In Ken's eyes he hit the jackpot. He was very proud of himself. This win had ignited his desire and determination to keep playing in hopes to secure a seat at the National Texas Hold'Em Tournament in Vegas. We couldn't remember the last time we had seen Ken so hyped and passionate about something. "It surprised me at first and I remember feeling a little envious, only because I couldn't remember the last time I felt that excited about something." said Roxann.

It was at that moment I think Ken realized that if you can dream it, you can make it happen by just believing in yourself. Seeing him so happy made us happy. Although there were many, many memories of our baby brother and son, it was this story that has been the catalyst, the driving force, behind creating this Memorial Scholarship in memory of Kenny McGeshick.