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In the spring of 1980, Lynnhaven Junior High held its annual awards assembly. When his name was announced as the school’s Most Athletic student, Winston Gravatt started toward the front of the gym with a characteristic spring in his step. He was taken aback as the student body erupted in a standing ovation. Obviously touched, he wasn’t thrown off for long as he waved to the crowd in appreciation without missing a step.

The consummate teammate and friend, his stated philosophy of sports, and perhaps life, was, “If someone is on your team, you have to include them no matter how good they are. You can’t win if the other team doesn’t worry about all your players.”

Quick with encouraging words and always looking for and pointing out others’ strengths, Winston received many performance awards and constant leadership recognition. When teams were picked, you always hoped to be on his team not because he was the star, but because when his team won, as usually happened, his teammates would think to themselves, “We won.”

Winston died in a car accident barely a month after that awards ceremony. Fifteen years old, healthy, energetic, and looked up to by his multitude of friends, he was suddenly gone – but our memories of his optimistic confidence and fervent encouragement of those around him are testament to the impact even one so young can have. We hope his impact on his friends and family can serve as a reminder to all to appreciate those around us because beautiful hours move so quickly.

Winston loved his time playing at Lynnhaven Baseball. A pavilion and memorial wall is now being built in his honor, spearheaded by his friends in hopes that his sportsmanship and spirit of inclusion will always be reflected at this place that he loved so much.

Checks made to: Boys Baseball of Lynnhaven
Specify on memo line: Winston Gravatt Pavilion Fund
3419 Virginia Beach Boulevard PMB#169
Virginia Beach, VA  23452

Have questions?  Please contact:
Michelle Exum 757-469-9757 or email [email protected]

We’re raising money for
The Winston Gravatt Memorial Pavilion
Donations made here will help fund the construction of an outdoor dining pavilion at Lynnhaven Baseball's Trant Field in Virginia Beach, VA.
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Pictured above:

Winston with his fellow 1980 Cardinals the season just prior to his       death.  The Cardinals were league champions that year, and  Winston   played on the All-Star team as well. Both the Cardinals  and the All-Star  teams were coached by Mike Peak.  Winston is  the 4th from the right in  the back row. Mike Peak (passed away in  March 2011) is in back on  the right end and Bud Waite  (scholarship memorial) is in back in the  center.

Pictured Above:

 This photo was taken the day that Winston passed away and was  proudly displayed in his father's office.  

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