Macayla Lee Kohn was born in Grand Rapids, MI on June 19, 2000. She died in a fatal single person car accident last year on October 28, 2016 at the age of 16. Macayla was a junior in high school attending Caledonia High and was the first born of three girls. At an early age, Macayla’s athletic ability was very apparent. She played multiple sports……soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball to name a few and she enjoyed every single one of them. She was very social and loved playing with and for a team. At the age of 5, Macayla started playing basketball at the YMCA. She was hooked from the start. Basketball was one of her favorite sports. She absolutely loved the game. All summer and even into the fall, after getting off the bus from school, she would spend hours shooting hoops and dribbling the ball in her backyard. She played for years following participating on both school and travel teams including Lakeside Hoops, West Michigan Drive, and the Rage. She attended various basketball camps/clinics at the Courthouse as well as Point Guard Camp (PGC), all in an effort to help bring her game to the next level. She had a passion for the game. As a result of her hard work and determination, Macayla played Varsity Basketball as a sophomore. While her skills of the game were apparent, she is more remembered for being a great teammate and making people laugh. She is remembered for her drive, perseverance, grit, and that beautiful smile. She was a fierce competitor who never gave up and played her heart out every time she hit the floor. Macayla loved growing up in the Caledonia community. You know what they say, “It takes a village.” After graduation in 2018, she wanted to further her education and potentially become a lawyer. As a way to honor and remember her and as a way to give back, her family formed the Macayla Lee Kohn Scholarship to award to 2-3 Senior athletes each year to help them further their education as they graduate from Caledonia High School. The hope is to bless others with the monies to help future graduates attain their future dreams and plans in a way that will be ongoing for years and years to come. The family is also talking about expanding this scholarship to include helping those less privileged to be able to afford participating in travel sports. That has not been finalized but is being seriously considered.