Play for Jeter
Everything that came out of Sydney Jeter’s mouth was wonderful: wonderfully loving, wonderfully witty, wonderfully joyful, and wonderfully sarcastic. Sydney seemed to feel emotions more strongly than the rest of us. When she was angry, she was furious. If she liked you, she loved you. She was always quick: quick on the soccer field, quick with her wit, quick to laugh and quick to love. and when she loved, she loved ferociously. She would fight tooth and nail to defend those she loved. She would shower you with affection. Sydney made you feel special. Being around her was like having your own personal sunshine; a sun that burned brightly and fiercely. Sydney was passionate and vibrant and unforgettable. She was a light so bright that if you closed your eyes you could still see her image in front of you. To quote the musical group, Train, “When I look to the sky something tells me you’re here with me and you make everything alright”
Tonight and every night we “Play for Jeter”
written by Hannah Steward
Coach Stuart Keogh wrote-I would like to welcome everyone to Tiger Stadium. Tonight we celebrate the life of Sydney Jeter, A&M Consolidated class of 2015. Sydney enjoyed her family, her fiends and soccer. Many of you here tonight grew up with Sydney on the soccer field. Whether you were her team mate, a parent, a coach or one of her many friends that came along to watch, you are a part of a community for Sydney and her family, the soccer community is counted as both family and friend. Special guest tonight joining the players on the field are:
Sydney’s parents-Stacy and Michelle Jeter, and Brother Cameron Jeter..It is with great pleasure that the A&M Consolidated Girls and Boys Soccer teams stand on Tiger Field to remember their friend, classmate and team mate, Sydney Jeter, in the 2nd Annual Sydney L. Jeter Memorial Soccer Game. Please stand for a moment of silence
There are no words to express how amazing it is that ppl loved Sydney enough to continue events like last night..for anyone who is or has been a part of carrying her memory..PlayingforJeter..sharing her legacy..and most importantly keeping her memory alive..I am forever greatful..appreciative..and blessed. I know many who have lost children who do not have this precious gift y’all have given us and I know you will never understand what it truly means but what I do know is that God and Sydney do..With every picture posted..every time her friends approach me not afraid to talk to me..the ones that didn’t know her at all but KNOW her now..YOU are Gods constant reminder to us that Sydney was and IS loved despite the heartache and reality that a few sought out to hurt us MANY more have stepped forward to overwhelm us with the love they have for her..So as time moves forward please remember it is okay to tell us you thought about her..to let us know she touched your life or if something good came because of her inspiration..or just to simply say you miss seeing her smile..its not sad it is a blessing that encourages us to continue. I want to say a special thanks to the Tiger Club for her Senior Tiger Paw..A&M Consolidated High School..The Soccer Community..The Tiger Soccer teams last year and this year for sharing your love for Sydney with others who may or may not have been able to know or play with her..and last but certainly not least Kim Stewart Alex and Hannah Stewart for arranging and organizing not one but two memorial games in Sydney’s honor..for the perfect words written by Hannah that let me know someone else really “KNEW” Sydney..Its not possible to describe the indescribable appreciation Stacy Jeter Cameron and I feel for all that y’all have done!
19 months today..some days I feel I’m still in shock and denial and some days its so real I can’t breath..missing her consumes my mind 24/7 and nothing eases the desire to have her back..Yes I feel her spirit..yes she lives in my heart..but that isn’t enough to take away the desire to hear her laughter, to hug her, to be loved by her..to watch her live..
Tonight I plan on attending the soccer game..for those that don’t know Sydney’s freshman year we only had one high school in College Station and Sophmore year her class was split as a new high school opened. Tonight is the first time those two high schools will play each other. I unlike most that will be there will not look out and see Maroon or Purple..I will look out and see her teammates whom she loved..her first high school coach on one side of the field..her last high school coach on the other side of the field..I have so many memories with so many of the girls I feel like they are part mine even though they aren’t but yet mine can only be there in Spirit..I wouldn’t want to miss it yet it is painful all the same..I’m very greatful to know that as I watch and support them that most out there will be PlayingforJeter!
A great surprise visit from sister #2. Catching up on life and things before surgeryThursday. Blessed I had Sydney’s book to show her. Thank you MJ for blessing me.
Now you’re going to have to bless me more with a “Selfie 101” class cuz I clearly need instruction and lots of practice. Lol 😜