Editor's Note: The following letter was sent to the Greencastle High School athletic department following a recent soccer match with Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
To the athletic director, assistant athletic director, coaches and student athletes of Greencastle High School:
I am the mother of a player on Terre Haute North's soccer team. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Terre Haute North Patriots soccer team traveled to Greencastle to play against your Tiger Cubs in our final regular season game and on your senior night.
Little did you know that when this team arrived, their spirits were dampened. You see, on Monday the team was notified that one of their own, Cam Taylor, had passed away in his sleep.
Before the start of the game, your announcer and your soccer team honored our beloved Cam with a moment of silence. I know that on our side of the field, there wasn't a dry eye in the stands.
As much as this was greatly appreciated, this tribute was not what touched me the most.
There were other teams practicing on other fields that night. The football team was behind us and the girls' soccer team was across the field from us. While we were in our moment of silence, I looked up at the adjacent fields, holding in the tears, and saw a most touching event going on.
Your football team had stopped their practice to pay tribute to our Cam. Your girls' soccer team had also stopped and paid their respects.
I was deeply moved by this gesture, as no one on any of those teams knew Cam but they felt it necessary to respect his memory.
I am proud of these fine ladies and young gentlemen and their coaches for showing their respect and for pausing their practices during this time.
Please pass along our heartfelt thanks to all that were involved that evening. You all should be commended for being the class act program that you are.
It's those little things that people do that earn them the greatest respect.
Thank you again,