ROANOKE, Va. (WFX) — This week’s Unsung Hero is the late John Griffith. He passed away on Sept. 23 at the age of 82.

If you have gone to a Patrick Henry High School sporting event, you have definitely heard John’s voice as he was the public address announcer for Patriot football, basketball, and volleyball games.

John’s love of golf prompted him to create the Valley Girls Junior Open, a tournament for girls 18 and under to compete for scholarships. Since its creation in 2018, the tournament has awarded over $23,000 in scholarship money.

John was an educator and coach for nearly 50 years, and he retired from Roanoke City Public Schools in 2014.