Lucas scholarships to be awarded today at Georgia Sports Hall

Entering its fifth year, the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarships will be awarded at a 5:30 p.m. reception today at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The awards are given annually to Bibb County high school students who are academically talented, athletically gifted and involved in the community, according to a news release. The scholarships are named in memory of the late Al Lucas, a Northeast High School gridiron standout, Troy State University All-American and professional football player.

Lucas died in 2005 while playing in an Arena Football League game for the Los Angeles Avengers, leaving behind a wife and daughter. He was the son of Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas and State Rep. David Lucas, D-Macon.

Tax deductible donations of $25 for the awards program can be sent to the Community Foundation, and tickets are available at the door.