Why Second Chances are Necessary
The tragedy at the Waukesha Parade last Sunday is beyond words for me. I can understand the series of events that took place, but the reality of it all is still hard to comprehend. And when I try, I can only imagine the sadness and sorrow those families feel; their grief, and the things they saw that can never be unseen. No, there are no word for this. What happened last Sunday happened here, in a community right next door to us, to families we know personally, in our backyard.
And let’s not forget about the connection to youth clubs in all this – after all, kids and clubs and parades go together. Or so they did.
I have thought long and hard about what that means for us as a club, for our families, and for our community. It will take time to process all of it and some answers will take time, but as I’ve thought about it, one idea keeps rising to the surface…what does it really mean for us to be “United?”
We use the word “United” all the time here at PSU. We wear it on our jerseys, we talk about it regularly, and I close my articles with it every week. However, we now have an opportunity to decide what that means; to decide if we are United just as a club, or if we are United with our larger community, as well. That decision will be determined not by what we say…but by what we do.
So I ask every PSU player, parent, and coach, past and present, to lend a hand where you may, provide a shoulder to lean on where you can, and if you’re so moved…donate to the families who have been hurt by this tragedy. We have set up a PSU GoFundMe account which you can find here: https://gofund.me/dc6780ab. Every dollar donated will go to help the families and we will share the specifics of the donation(s) with everyone once they’ve been made.
There is nothing we can do to undo the events that occurred last Sunday, but there is so much we can do to support our community and those who were affected by this horrible tragedy. And if we do so, we might just be able to help heal a little of the pain so many will feel for so many years to come. It’s up to us. The choice is ours and the time is now.
United we are and United we shall be.