Saturday, June 04, 2011
Bittersweet memories of a soccer player
It was a wonderful spring day for soccer today, and it served to bring back memories for me of Melissa Leung. Melissa was an eighth grader when, in April 2001, she and three other classmates were killed during a bus accident while on a school trip. I realized today that it has been ten years, and I still remember her well and fondly.
Melissa had been a player on the Under-14 team I coached in the previous fall, and so it was extra shocking to hear of this terrible accident the following spring. She was a lovely girl, funny and outgoing. As a soccer player, she was about average for her age, but she had one very funny characteristic. When she played goalie and tried to punt the ball out of her area into the field, it would sometimes go back over her head. She actually had the potential of scoring against herself! We would all laugh when this happened, and she most of all.
So, the end of the season arrived, and many of the girls signed a thank-you card (above) to the coaches. How did Melissa sign it?