Ashburn, VA (October 10, 2016) – From the ceremony on a rainy Saturday morning, if you play softball in Loudoun, Madison Small touched your life.
Around 300 softball players, coaches, family members, and county officials were on hand on a rainy Saturday morning for the dedication of the Madison Small Softball Complex October 8. In March, the county named two softball fields at Trailside Park in Ashburn after the longtime and well-loved softball player, who died suddenly of a rare bacterial meningitis infection in her senior year of high school in April 2015.
Madison’s co-captain, Suzanne Gobstein, recounted how Madison skipped prom to play for her team and had a rib surgically removed so that she could continue to play softball, in addition to being a friend, leader, and mentor to everyone she played with.“Madison had such a love for life and people, from her family, to her friends, to her school, to her teammates,” said Madison’s father, Tim Small. He credited Supervisor Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), Loudoun Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Service Steve Torpe and his staff, and Tim Small’s lifelong friend Tommy Moorcones with the softball complex’s new name.
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Story by Renss Greene, LoudounNow