By Jill Fox
It would mean a great deal to the Alhadeff family for their daughter’s name to adorn the soccer field where she once played.
“Field 8 was Alyssa’s soccer field,” said her mother, Lori Alhadeff, “It’s where she always practiced and played her last game on February 13.”
Alyssa was tragically killed the next day in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, 2018.
Alhadeff said she approached Vice Mayer Bob Mayersohn about two months ago about the possibility of renaming the field, and he brought it up to the city.
“This is an opportunity to always remember those who we’ve lost,” said Mayersohn, “And this is one of the ways we can do that.”
At the meeting on October 21, the Parkland city commission will vote on a resolution to name field 8 at Pine Trails Park in her honor.
The number eight is significant to the family in many ways. Not only was it the field Alyssa played on, but also her jersey number.
“Eight turned sideways in infinity, which means forever, and we forever want to remember and honor Alyssa, so we felt naming the field after her would keep her memory alive,” Alhadeff said.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 11 and Randi, 7.
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