(Posted July 12, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Whenever Matt and Amanda Cordell see a “337” sticker, they think of their son, Mason.
“We love seeing them on everyone’s vehicles. There’s one on a gas pump at Speedway and one on the door at Los Mariachis. As far as making us smile, the more stickers we see, the better,” Matt said.
The stickers are one of many ways the community has shown support for the Cordell family since Mason’s death in 2019 as the result of a fall from his motocross bike. Mason’s number as a football player at Madison-Plains High School was 37. He added the other 3–representing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost–to create his motocross number.
The tributes will continue with the Mason Cordell Memorial Motocross Race at this year’s Madison County Fair on July 15. The Madison County Senior Fair Board is pulling out all the stops to honor the young man who loved motocross, football, hunting, snowmobiling, 4-H, FFA, and so much more.
“I just want this to be the best memorial anyone has ever seen,” said fair board member Amy Nichols, who is organizing the tribute.
At 6 p.m., prior to the start of racing, Matt will lead a prayer, and 20 of Mason’s family members and friends will release balloons in Mason’s favorite color, blue.
Nichols has arranged with FastTraxx, the outfit putting on the motocross event, to play a recording made by a supercross announcer in Mason’s honor. Afterwards, Matt will take a solo lap around the track on Mason’s bike while one of Mason’s favorite songs, “God’s Country,” plays. Following that first lap, all of the motocross entrants will take a memorial lap.
As further tribute, Mason’s friends will park their pickup trucks along the track. Mason’s truck will be in the lineup. Nichols also has worked with FastTraxx to put Mason’s image on all of the race awards.
“It’s definitely going to be emotional,” Amanda said.
“It’s going to be tough, but it will be a great tribute to an awesome young man,” Matt added.
T-shirts featuring Mason’s number were sold in the weeks leading up to the fair. A portion of the proceeds go to the Mason Cordell Scholarship Fund.
To date, the family has awarded four scholarships to Madison-Plains students. They also plan to award scholarships to London and West Jefferson students, as well as expand the fund’s reach to help the community in other ways.
Donations made payable to “Mason Cordell Scholarship Fund” can be sent to: Merchants National Bank, 279 Lafayette St., London OH 43140. Donations also may be made through PayPal at MasonCordellscholarshipfund@gmail.com.
The 2021 Madison County Fair runs through July 17. For a full schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.