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Grovetown BMX rider, student earns scholarship

Posted: September 5, 2017 - 10:36pm
Zephin Mann spent the past weekend at the Derby City BMX National in Louisville, Ky. He is a student at Augusta University.
Zephin Mann spent the past weekend at the Derby City BMX National in Louisville, Ky. He is a student at Augusta University.

Zephin Mann's BMX career is helping offset some of his college expenses.

This summer, the Grovetown High School alumnus received a $500 Bob Warnicke Scholarship from USA BMX. Mann is one of 70 scholarship recipients this year. The scholarship honors the legacy of Warnicke, who died at age 48 after years of promoting BMX.

"I was ecstatic to get it," Mann said about the scholarship, which goes to BMX racers entering college who apply for it. "College is really expensive."

Mann spent the past weekend at the Derby City BMX National in Louisville, Ky. He is an Augusta University student who was dual-enrolled there during his senior year at Grovetown. He said he already has 25 credit hours. Mann said he's undeclared with his major, though he's looking into the information technology field. He said his plan is to graduate and then enter the Marines to fly planes.

Before he graduates from Augusta University, Mann said he wants to leave his own legacy. He's looking into starting a BMX club at the school. That way, students who compete in BMX can also compete in the Collegiate BMX series. Mann started his BMX career at 13.

He's won a multitude of BMX titles through the years and last year he was was selected to attend the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

He and his family moved to Columbia County from Virginia before his junior year at Grovetown. In his short time in the area, he's already making an impact on the local BMX scene. Mann has spent many hours coaching and leading clinics at the Blanchard Woods BMX Park.

 

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