His father, the senior
A fishing tournament set up in his son's memory has continued to grow over the past two years. The family has been able to donate more than
The tournament will kick off its third year Saturday at the
"For many kids, high school is the end of the road," Madden said. "By doing this, some kids get chances they normally wouldn't."
In the past two years, the scholarship fund has granted gifts to students at Industrial,
Madden said the recipients are selected by school counselors and are not necessarily for the student who made straight A's, but the student who works hard.
"I tell them, 'I'm giving you a scholarship -- this is money the community trusts me to give out in the right way -- and you're not expected to get straight A's, but you are expected to set a goal and make it."
Madden said his son was the type of man who knew how to set a goal, and he admired that quality in him.
"Travis wanted to become an engineer, and a (baseball) player told him that would be a tough goal," Madden said. "Later, Travis told me he was going to be an engineer because he wanted to prove it could be done."
Madden's son was found dead
"Travis loved all things outdoors," his father said, "especially fishing."
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