PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Many within the Bay District Faculties neighborhood are mourning the loss Monday of one among their very own after a tragic accident Sunday night time.
A son, brother, good friend, teammate, Mosley Excessive College senior, and a life lower too brief.
“It’s tragic everytime you lose a younger life,” Head Coach Tommy Whiddon mentioned,
Avery Sanders was simply 17-years-old when he misplaced his life in a motorbike crash Sunday night time.
Though he had solely attended Mosley for a bit greater than a yr, Mosley Principal Brian Bullock mentioned Avery “cast robust connections together with his lecturers, his classmates and his fellow athletes.”
However Whiddon mentioned Avery didn’t at all times have a straightforward path in life.
“Avery had a tricky upbringing, however was only a exhausting, exhausting employee and he labored for the whole lot that he had in his life,” mentioned Whiddon.
Working exhausting on the soccer subject as a defensive finish and quantity 44.
“He was undoubtedly admired by his teammates. Avery was a bit bit completely different,” mentioned Whiddon.
Totally different traits like sporting his hair in a bun, ears pierced, and portray his nails. Traits Avery’s teammates admired about him.
“They have been giving him a tough time about portray his fingernails and Avery mentioned ‘So, what are you going to do about it?’ So Avery was undoubtedly assured about who he was as an individual, to not point out that he was a tricky child, he was a competitor, he was a tough employee,” mentioned Whiddon.
That onerous work may be seen off the sector and within the classroom. Actions Whiddon mentioned embodied what the dolphins need their soccer program to be.
“You realize our staff motto this yr is ‘good to nice’ and I believe Avery epitomized that extra than simply within the classroom. This previous spring, let’s simply say Avery’s grades have been lower than fascinating, this previous first 9 weeks of his senior yr, Avery made the A/B honor roll,” mentioned Whiddon.
Coach Whiddon says he met together with his gamers Monday morning, most of them had already heard the information, however he felt it was essential they collect collectively as a staff.
“You realize it was good to present them a platform, and alternative to precise themselves.” the coach instructed us. “To have the ability to inform tales about Avery. To speak about Avery. To talk of all of the issues that he stood for. All of his completely different traits, the issues that they admired about him. And we simply talked about you now sure Avery’s bodily physique is now not right here with us. However we wish to be sure that we do the whole lot that the place his spirit lives on by means of us. Not simply as a soccer staff. However simply as folks, as a result of he had many nice traits that may lead you to achieve success in life.”
Whiddon including it will be significant the gamers on the staff know there are lots of people available on the faculty and inside the staff which can be obtainable, and able to assist anybody as they attempt to cope with this tragedy.
“We’re attempting to be right here for our children.” he mentioned. “On this scenario the varsity district has carried out an excellent job of offering counselors. And offering much more grief counselors for the youngsters in the event that they want them. And on this second we’re attempting to be sure that we pull collectively. And we talk, we don’t attempt to internalize our emotions. And letting them know it’s OK to be upset. That could be a pure human intuition, one thing that doesn’t should be bottled up. And simply be sure that we as coaches are right here for our children and be sure that the youngsters are right here for one another as properly. “
Coach Whiddon says he is aware of soccer, and the sport with Gadsden Friday, will turn out to be essential once more quickly. For now it simply isn’t. Mosley is 9-0 and with a win Friday can end out this system’s first ever good common season since 1981.
In reminiscence of Avery, the soccer staff has arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist elevate funds for his household throughout this troublesome time. Donations will cowl all funeral prices. To donate go to Avery Sanders GofundMe.
Copyright 2021 WJHG. All rights reserved.