By: Matt Rothman
The Girls Turkey Bowl returned to Pine Trails Park on Thanksgiving morning, collecting donations for #LivelikeEmma.
This foundation, created in honor of Emma Sorensen, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 13 in January 2020, was created by four Parkland fathers who coached their daughters’ flag football teams: Scott Backman, Adam Goldman, Bryan Krul, and Danny Levine.
The coaches were Evan Gerard, Laurent Robinson, Mike Rachimi, and Todd Link. All have daughters playing in the event. They have teamed up with the original four coaches to ensure the game will continue for the next generation.
Morgan Goldman, one of Emma’s best friends and a coach during the game, says it means a lot to run this event in honor of her best friend’s passing which raised over a hundred comfy socks, blankets, and lego blocks.
“It puts a smile on my face watching all the wonderful families come out and show their support by donating items to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in honor of Emma’s name,” Morgan said.
Four teams made up of 53 fifth through ninth-grade girls participated in the event. The teams were Gerard’s Gizzards, Robinson’s Redbirds, Rachimi’s Roasters, and Todd’s Turkey with the Gizzards winning the tournament with an 18-13 triple OT victory over the Redbirds in the finals.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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