Madison Small / Photo courtesy Shelley Larrabee
Ashburn, VA (Mar. 17, 2015) – The county will remember Madison Small by naming two softball fields, her old stomping grounds at Trailside Park, in her honor.
The Madison Small Softball Complex, as it will be known, saw a lot of the ebullient teenager. She played in the Ashburn Girls Softball League there, and after practice, she would play with her dad, Tim, and younger sister, Jordan, until the groundskeeper turned off the lights.
“We got to know the light guy pretty well,” Tim remembered. “Manny. Emanuel was wonderful. We would always tell him, ‘OK, Manny, as soon as you need to go, let us know. Just give us five minutes’ warning.’”
Madison was in her senior year, with plans to go to Virginia Tech, when she fell ill in April last year. Within hours of first complaining of a headache, the 18-year-old was dead, victim of a rare and fast-moving bacterial meningitis infection.
Her sudden death sent shockwaves throughout the community, especially among her classmates, who rallied to support the family and each other. Madison’s jersey number, 24, appeared on Twitter, on cars, on armbands, and in the dugout at Broad Run High School.
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