As a young teenager, David was not a great basketball player. But he was determined to get better. He was committed to being the best he could be and the Rec Center was his way to do that. He walked or rode his bike down there daily in the summer and whenever he could when he wasn't playing at school.
His skills and shooting improved immensely and by the time he was a senior at Skyline High (class of '81) he received the Gem State Player of the Year award. He went on to play at year at CSI then transferred to Lewis Clark State College and played three more years. All the while, coming home in the summer and continuing to hoop it up at the Rec Center.
He met his wife at LCSC and married in 1987. He went on to have a successful career as a financial adviser. His greatest success and pride though was his three kids. He coached his twin boys in all sports and was a patient and knowledgeable mentor. He always was aware that some kids and families had a tough time and would want to help them with his words or finances. He was a true champion as a husband, father, coach, and person.
David Piper 1963-2022
This scholarship fund provides opportunities for individuals to participate in basketball programs offered by Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation. A scholarship covers the remaining basketball program fee after the individual has paid the required participant contribution amount.
Eligibility requirements and Rules:
Scholarship recipients must pay $10 towards the total basketball program registration fee by the program by the registration deadline.
An participant can only receive one scholarship in a 12-month period.
The participant’s parent/guardian must complete the Scholarship Request Form. The Scholarship Request Form must be submitted in person to Parks & Recreation between 8am & 5pm Monday through Friday,14 days prior to the registration deadline.
The parent/guardian must show proof that the parent/guardian is currently on a social assistance program: ie SNAP, SSI, Low Income Housing, Medicaid, etc.