This tournament is a testament
to Gym Bice's lasting impression
on his friends and community.
Each participant helps benefit the Gym Bice Memorial Scholarship Fund, which presents scholarship money to multiple outstanding student athletes in our area. Two recipients will be chosen from Andrews High School and one at large from the Permian Basin.
Over the past 26 years, your support has provided over $135,000 in scholarship aid to more than 54 recipients. Your continued support of this worthwhile event is greatly appreciated!
When he was in junior high, James Bice changed the spelling of his name to "Gym" by signing it on one of his school reports. Born James Douglas Bice to his parents Frank and Carol, the name change made sense to Gym. It just fit as he was always in the gym.
Gym was a standout athlete not because he was the biggest or fastest but because he was passionate and worked hard to achieve his goals. He played basketball, baseball, and golf but chose to dedicate most of his time to basketball.
His passion for the game and self-motivation lead Gym set four goals for himself:
Reach the state tournament his senior year
Play in the high school all-star game, be named to the all-state team
Play division I basketball
Reach the NCAA tournament.
Few are fortunate enough to even sniff such goals, but Gym crossed all of them off his list and didn't stop there! When he set his mind to something, odds were it was going to get accomplished.
Along with the four goals he mentioned above, Gym earned All-State honors in Basketball and Golf, and a State Championship in 1987 as a member of the Mustang Golf Team.
He gained publicity in West Texas because of his achievements in athletics as well as academics, but he gained the adoration of those around him because of the son, brother, friend, role model and person he was. Gym continues to hold school records for career scoring, assists, and steals!
After high school, Gym went on to continue his basketball career at Midland College for one year and then at UTEP in El Paso, TX. In 1991, he helped lead the Minor basketball team to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament being Don Haskins' sixth man. In 1993, Gym graduated from UTEP, where he received All-American honors.
This tournament was established to honor Gym and his life, and build a scholarship fund for standout student/athletes like Gym! We appreciate the donations and participation for this amazing cause.