I love supporting events that speak to triumph over tragedy.
On July 17, I had the pleasure of being a part of a legacy that started with 2 parents and a tragedy. What resulted was a 27-year labor of love, and a journey of hope and healing.
Trey Whitfield was a young man in high school who at 6’8″ received a full scholarship and was a power forward for private prep school Brewster Academy’s basketball team. He was also very civic-minded, and worked in summer camps counseling young boys and girls. Like most teens who have to make the arduous decision to choose a college, he chose the University of Richmond.
This young man had a bright and promising future ahead of him. But, shortly before his graduation from high school, he was in a boating accident that claimed his young life. For the past 27 years, the Trey Whitfield Foundation has provided support for those who make positive contributions to society; encouragement for those who have trouble navigating challenges in life; and it helps young people who exhibit academic excellence and want to continue their education. Also, there is a school named in their son’s honor – The Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.
Speaking from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child to a tragedy, I can relate to Trey’s parents, A.B Whitfield and Janie Whitney. They have made the most of their lives by honoring their son and providing a legacy of hope which secures the most important part of our future – our children.