By Jano Tantongco
The newly-donated scoreboard at Elwood-John Glenn High School’s soccer field will soon be dedicated to the late Sean Urda, a student and soccer player at the school who was killed in a snow tubing accident in January 2015.
The scoreboard was donated by members of the Urda family, including Sean’s father, Gary; mother Nicole; and brothers Tyler and Luke.
Varsity soccer coach Louis Hanner worked with Gary to determine the earliest date that they could gather everyone together for the dedication ceremony. They ended up setting it up for Oct. 14.
“It just happened to fall on 14. That was Sean’s number,” Hanner said. “It was pretty powerful.”
The number 14 has not been worn by a Glenn soccer player since Sean’s death.
But, Sean’s younger brother, Luke, is currently sporting the number as he plays soccer for Elwood Middle School. He was awarded it during a ceremony before the season started.
Gary Urda thanked the Elwood community for its support following his son’s death.
The community “has been great to us,” he said.
He said the scoreboard is the Urda family’s way of, “not only remembering Sean...but thanking the school for all the support they’ve given us.”
After the scoreboard dedication ceremony, which is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m., the Knights varsity soccer team is set to take on Bayport-Blue Point.