Rival Bruins Show Support For Severna Park Girls
Story And Photos By Colin A.J. Murphy
In the past three weeks, so many people have offered their time, condolences, and compassion to those affected by the passing of Tracy Vander Kolk, from those who knew and loved her to those outside the immediate community. On May 17, in a show of support that transcends all sport and rivalry, the Broadneck girls lacrosse team made a trip to Roberts Field to surprise the members of the Severna Park girls lacrosse team.
The Falcons had just finished practice, having spent the afternoon preparing for the following days state semifinal matchup with Catonsville. The Bruinswho just weeks prior dealt with a tragedy of their own following the passing of Brian Hendricks, the older brother of sophomore team member Natalie Hendricksarrived bearing t-shirts for both teams that read, Always Remember Tracy on the front and One County, One Rival, One Heart on the back.
The gesture offered each team a momentary respite from the trials of their respective tragedies, a chance to support and strengthen one another by a simple act of kindness and compassion. For the moment, there was no separation by school, jersey color, or experience between the two teams. For the moment, the two teams were a single group of thoughtful student-athletes being kind and compassionate to one another.
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