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A passion for Poe Corn; Tracy Mumford is the man behind the popular invitational tournament


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The Poe Corn Invitational Basketball Tournament is a long-standing tradition in Roswell. When the tournament had to be canceled in 2015 due to the crippling snow blizzard, there seemed to be a general feeling of despondency across the town.

The invitational tournament began in 1948 in honor of Poe Corn, a former Roswell High School coach and athletic director.

The man who has been the impetus behind the tournament for the past eight years or so is Roswell resident Tracy Mumford.

Mumford is a huge basketball fan. When he was interviewed by the newspaper on Thursday, he was in Albuquerque attending the high school state championships.

Mumford said he tries to attend the tournament every year, partly to meet coaches from other schools in the state.

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“Poe Corn basketball is right up my alley,” said Mumford, who is chairman of the tournament. “I like meeting coaches and making good relationships.”

Although the Poe Corn Invitational is only a few days out of the year, Mumford said he works on it year round.

He is a past president of the Sunrise Optimist Club, which sponsors the invitational tournament.

“Everything Optimist does is youth-orientated,” he said. “It’s about getting them to better themselves.”

Mumford was born in Pampa, Texas, which is about 60 miles northeast of Amarillo. He moved to Roswell in 1986.

For the past 32 years, he has worked at the Roswell Job Corps, where he is the property specialist.

Mumford said what he likes most about the Job Corps is seeing youth better themselves.

Mumford’s wife, Sherry, is the executive director of the Chaves County United Way and a former employee of the Roswell Refuge.

Tracy Mumford said the couple often work together on projects, like the annual Hike It & Spike It flag football tournament.

“I help her with everything that she has going on,” he said.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.

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