SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Amanda Strous made more than a name for herself at Shippensburg University. She made a lasting impact.
On Thursday, members of the Shippensburg Field Hockey Booster Club sponsored a benefit game, raising money for a new scholarship named in Strous’ memory. The game pitted Shippensburg High School against Big Spring High School. A portion of entry fees and donations were collected for the scholarship.
Strous, 29, was strangled to death before her apartment was set on fire in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 18. A man who lived in an upstairs apartment from Strous has been charged with her murder.
“It was a shock,” said Shippensburg University Field Hockey Coach Bertie Landes, in attendance for the fundraiser. “Obviously, it takes a while to comprehend what really has happened.”
Landes remembers Strous as a hard working, humble player, who earned a starting role on the field hockey team by her junior year. Later, Strous returned to become a popular member of the coaching staff.
“We don’t want here to be just another statistic,” said Katie Shoop, a teammate and former roommate to Strous. “We don’t want her to be the field hockey girl that ended her life in such a tragic way. She, as a young woman, was able to step up and make a difference and touch so many lives.”
The first donation to the scholarship will be presented at the Shippensburg field hockey game this Saturday.