Soccer community gathers to remember Mack Brady

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- More than 140 youth soccer players from the State College area joined the Penn State men's and women's soccer programs at the Mack Brady Soccer Clinic inside Holuba Hall Sunday (Jan. 13) evening.

The 8-year-old Brady died unexpectedly from a bacterial infection on New Year's Eve. Mack's parents, Christian and Elizabeth Brady of State College, have designated memorial contributions toward an athletic scholarship for a member of the Penn State men's soccer team being established in their son's honor. Both are members of Penn State's administration and faculty.

The free, two-hour clinic, organized to honor the late soccer-playing youth, followed a private session for Brady's State College Celtics team with Todd Hoffard, the New York Red Bulls' goalkeeper coach, and Major League Soccer professional Andrew Wenger, who was selected first overall at the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact.

"It's a wonderful day for the kids to celebrate how fantastic it is to have great teammates like Mack who enjoy and love the game like Mack did," Bob Warming, head coach of the Penn State men's soccer program, said during the clinic.

"It's a great honor to be out here putting on this clinic for Dean Brady and his family in honor of Mack and the Celtic soccer club," Erica Walsh, Penn State women's soccer head coach, commented. "Soccer brings people together in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, this isn't the type of way you want to be brought together, but the way this community has responded since this tragedy is amazing."

Contributions toward the scholarship may be made online at http://givenow.psu.edu or by sending a check, payable to Penn State with "In memory of Mack Brady" in the memo line, to: Penn State University, One Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.

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Last Updated January 18, 2013