Monday January 18, 2016
Happy Martin Luther King day. MLK always makes me remember our time in Memphis and visiting the Lorraine Motel where MLK was killed. Our friends the Olsons had come to visit Shannon at St. Jude's, and we took a field trip with Shannon in a wheelchair, being pushed by her buddy, Anna. So long ago already...
While that's a sad Shannon memory, we had the opportunity this weekend to share some good Shannon memories, too. It was the first weekend of the Shannon Cup, and we spent part of each day at Graham Arena meeting the teams and watching the girls play.
We had teams from far and wide this year - Omaha to Aberdeen to Winnipeg. We enjoyed sharing our story, and we're happy to say that some SOF product went home with those teams! Someone in Winnipeg is probably wearing a Shannon shirt right now...
It is interesting to see people read the poster chronicling Shannon's story and then turn to us to try and make sense of it all. It hits these people right were they are - their daughters are 13 and 14 year old girls, playing hockey, living life. We try and tell them to enjoy every minute of it and don't sweat the small stuff.
A big thanks to the Century Girls Hockey team for working at our merchandise table all day long during the event. (Also, to sis-in-law Connie who did a stint as well :) We feel really good about where the foundation is at, and our fundraising at these events continues to be a success.
We're happy to report that the U15A Rochester girls won the championship 3-2 against Centennial. Now, I know that would make Shannon happy as Centennial always got under her skin!
Thank you to the kids who wear their Shannon gear and support our cause, and thanks to the parents who take the time to talk with us and learn about our foundation. Hard to believe, but in just a few years, these girls will be our SOF scholarship applicants.
Time has a way of flying by...
Posted by Jennifer O'Hara