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9/11 Remembrance: Healing from sports

It’s hard to believe its been 12 years since all Americans lives were altered forever. For me, it’s a day of reflection and taking the time to pay respects for all the victims.  I remember that day more clearly than really any day in my lifetime.  I recall time frames to the minute and vividly recall my surroundings that day. I was working in downtown Jersey City at my first  “real” job and being pretty fresh out of college  didnt have too many cares in the world. From my outside my office directly on the Hudson River directly across lower Manhattan I watched everything unfold before my eyes.  Everything changed that day but I will never forget all of the innocent victims and always try to honor their memories.

I remember the days just after that Tuesday when things seemed unreal and life seemed to be shut down.  Then slowly but surely we started to rebuild our lives.  I recall how important sports were to that process. I remember Mike Piazza’s home run in the first sporting event in the city after the attacks and remember feeling so happy even though I’m not even a Mets fan. I remember the heroics of Derek Jeter and Scott Brosius in the Yanks run to the World Series.  I remember the Gmen coming home from a loss the night before the attacks and then winning 3 straight games after playing inspiring football.  All of these helped people feel back to normal and were tremendous healing vehicles.  The power of sports in our lives is why we are so passionate about them because it’s that release in people’s lives that help us cope.

Lets never forget!


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