The Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation

Funding scholarships in memory of Mark Friday and promoting suicide awareness in memory of Isaac Friday

About Us

The Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation was originally started in 2016 as the Mark Friday Memorial Scholarship Foundation in memory of my husband Mark. Mark died from a sudden heart attack while doing what he loved… playing tennis. After Marks death, two of his tennis buddies Scott Reynolds and Bill Hirratta wanted to have a tennis tournament in memory of Mark with the proceeds going to fund college scholarships for local high school students. The first tournament was held in December of 2016 and our first scholarship was awarded the following spring.

Unfortunately, in February 2020, tragedy struck our family again. Just 6 days after his 18th birthday, my son Isaac took his own life. Everyone who knew and loved Isaac was devastated and in disbelief. I could not believe that my seemingly happy, funny, intelligent, easy going child had taken his own life.  I thought if this could happen to my child, it could happen to anyone.

Following Isaac’s death, I tried to educate myself about suicide and was shocked to find that 48,344 people died in the United States from suicide in 2020 and suicide is the second leading cause of death for males between the ages of 15-34.  After Isaac’s death, the foundation had two purposes…to continue to fund college scholarships in memory of Mark and to promote suicide awareness in memory of Isaac. At that time, the name of the foundation was changed to the Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation.

To date, the Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation has raised $48,000.

Suicide Prevention

The Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be supporting Shining Hope Farms mental health counseling program. By providing funds we will enable Shining Hope Farms to help youth who need mental health services but whose families are unable to pay. We feel like this is an excellent way to support mental health and suicide prevention in our community. For more information about Shining Hope Farms programs please visit their website at shininghopefarms.org

Shining Hope Farms

2024 Tournament Update

The most recent Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial tennis tournament was a huge success! Despite some less than favorable weather, this tournament was one of our best ever due to the generosity of our sponsors, the commitment of the community, and of course all of our participants who came out! The foundation would like to thank everyone who supported us and helped make this truly special day possible. We look forward to continuing to serve our community in 2024 and beyond! Please continue to check the webpage for updates on the foundation, future events, and scholarship opportunities. Here’s to a wonderful 2024!

Our Annual Tennis Tournament

In early 2016, we lost a great friend, Mark Friday. We have honored Mark’s memory each year with a tennis tournament which has been very successful thanks to all of you.

Scholarship Information

The Mark and Isaac Friday Memorial Foundation funds a renewable scholarship for a local college-bound student.

Past Scholarship Recipients

Learn more about our past scholarship recipients.

Our 2024 Scholarship information

The Mark Friday Memorial Scholarship Foundation will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a Lake Norman area high school senior who actively participates in tennis and community activities in the Lake Norman area.

The Mark Friday Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 in memory of Mark Friday by his family, friends and USTA tennis teammates. In each of the Foundation’s first five years, one new scholarship was awarded, and each expiring scholarship has been renewed. It is the Foundation’s expectation that a recipient’s scholarship will be renewed for four years as long as scholarship recipients maintain an acceptable GPA and are making progress toward a degree.

2023_Scholarship_Recipient–Elleigh_Williams

2023 Scholarship Recipient – Elleigh Williams