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Offline MHcoach

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Ex-player passes away
« on: June 23, 2016, 08:24:57 PM »
Yesterday, I received a call from Mint Hill. One of my players had a seizure & passed away. He was rare in that he played for me for 3 seasons because he was always large. He was a great young man who had an incredible attitude. His mom & dad were also close friends & neighbors.

After I was notified, his dad called. One of the rare occasions were I was speechless. There are no words to comfort a parent losing a child.

Joe
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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2016, 08:35:52 PM »
Condolences, Joe.  Definitely a tough situation.  Prayers for his family and friends.
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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2016, 09:12:01 AM »
Brutal.

Freshman kicker at Univ. of Rhode Island just passed away last weekend in a car accident.  My son is a freshman long snapper so knew him pretty well.  By an evil coincidence and it being a small world, this kid's father was a good friend of my sister's in HS.

Just gutted. Been a very long week.  My son is on a bus right now with some of the URI football team headed to NJ for the funeral.

Unfortunately, it's his second time going through this in about 18 months. During the 2014 season, lost a kid to a car accident in the neighboring town who had played youth in our program, was a teammate of my son's, kid's father coached my son, etc.

A 19 year old shouldn't have to go through this. It's real life, but it sucks.

« Last Edit: June 24, 2016, 04:11:23 PM by jrk5150 »

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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2016, 10:31:24 AM »
J

Sorry for loss, I hope your son & his team will be ok.

Joe
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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2016, 10:58:41 AM »
So sorry for you coaches and families affected. Gut wrenching
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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2016, 12:14:29 PM »
Thanks, Joe, and condolences to you as well.

And I apologize for hijacking your thread.  It all sucks.

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Re: Ex-player passes away
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2016, 04:09:28 PM »
Joe and John,

So sorry to hear this kind of stuff. No idea what I would do if I were in your shoes. My thoughts go out to the families.
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