Some things are, by nature, just bigger than us.
That was the message that came across loud and clear at the St. X -Trinity JV and Varsity soccer games played on Sept. 30 at Trinity.
“My son plays soccer for Trinity JV,” said Mary Korfhage. “I had the idea to try and pull off a salute to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at the St. X/Trinity soccer rivalry. Both schools worked together on very short notice and it was a very touching and memorable experience for all students and adults. Elizabeth Black, a mom of a Trinity player, as well as Rob Saxton, AD at Trinity, and Alan Donhoff, AD of St. X, were instrumental in working with me in making the event happen. Players and parents signed cards to be given to the student cancer survivors along with goody bags from the schools.”
The game was dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Hull, son of Trinity teacher Shayne Hull, who lost his battle with leukemia on the Fourth of July. His family stood with the teams at mid-field for a moment of silent prayer for the families, cancer survivor students in attendance and the youngsters worldwide who are fighting their own battles against cancer.
“There were a lot of teary spectators and all the kids mentioned that it really brought perspective to not only rivalry week, but how fragile life can be,” said Korfhage. “These students are among them at their two schools and it was nice to just give them a shout out.”
The JV team played first, and St. X won, with a final score of 2-0. Then the varsity team played, with Trinity winning with a final score of 2-1 in their favor. So it was a wash in a way.
“It was kind of cold, damp and overcast,” said Korfhage. “When it was time for the cancer survivors to go out on the field, the sun came out.”
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