Ashburn, Va. (April 9, 2015) – I am sure many of you have heard of the tragic passing of Madison Small. Madison was the captain of Broad Run’s softball team and a former Ashburn Girls Softball League (AGSL) Shooting Star player. In honor of her memory, all of the AGSL’s games this weekend will begin with a moment of silence honoring her memory. In addition, AGSL’s annual scholarship awards will be renamed in her honor.
Below is a note from Dan Boyle, one of her Shooting Star coaches.
“This week we lost a precious member of the AGSL family. Madison Small was a senior at Broad Run High School and a four year varsity softball player for the Spartans. Like so many others, Madison got her start playing 8u coach pitch. I remember her on teams like the BoSox and the Bat Busters. As her skills grew Madison moved on to Pride and then Shooting Stars.
With Madison’s passing we’ve all seen the outpouring of love and support. She led a big life and AGSL was fortunate to play a part. Madison was a beautiful young woman with so many wonderful qualities: smart, athletic, kind, thoughtful and hard working. She was successful at every endeavor. She was the kind of kid we all hope to have, the kind of person we all aspire to be. The world was a much better place with her in it.
I first met Madison as one of the younger siblings of the team I coached. Madison, Sarah, Morgan and others had to tag along to softball tournaments with their big sisters. Morgan and Sarah would find the playground adjacent to any field, but Madison was always more interested in seeing the game. I coached her sister for a number of years and was also lucky enough to have Madison on a few of my teams. She was a great kid to have on any team, hard working; popular with her teammates; willing and able to play any position. It seems these qualities were pervasive in all aspects of her life.
I only know Madison through this one aspect of her life and for much too brief a time. I’ve heard so many stories about the wonderful friend she has been to so many and the beautiful person she had become. I have some vivid memories of my time with her as do we all. I remember her hitting a triple on my birthday and stopping at third base and telling me happy birthday. She hit a triple for my birthday, it’s like she could do anything she wanted. Maybe I should have sent her home, but I’m glad I didn’t. I’m glad to have those few moments to see her laugh and smile and enjoy life without a care in the world.”
Courtesy Photos of Shelley Larrabee