Doward Sanders' recent passing marks a sad day for the Beaufort community and for AMIkids Beaufort. Doward was one of the founders of this highly successful residential treatment program for nonviolent juvenile offenders.
Doward's vision, his belief that these young men deserved a structured second chance, is what helped start the Beaufort Marine Institute and its relationship with the national organization, AMIkids.
He will be remembered for his dedication to this program, but also for his wonderful smile, his quick sense of humor and his love of the game of croquet. Many will remember Doward in his croquet whites, dapper as ever and laughing with each shot despite his competitiveness.
Beaufort mourns the passing of Doward Sanders, but his legacy lives on with each successful graduate at AMIkids Beaufort.
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Editor's note: The writer is board chairman of AMIkids