We honored our Viper, Pierce Broe in so many amazing ways last weekend. From our 17 seconds of silence before the games, to his Viper team starting the game with 10 men on the field plus one very big spirit, to the entire Viper Nation wearing a PB sticker on their helmets, to our fellow associations carving and painting the number 17 into the side of THEIR field where we were playing as visitors, to the moving speech by a Central Texas Pop Warner League President to the players at a game that didn’t even involve the Vipers about the spirit of the sport and a fallen brother……We are proud to be a part in celebrating the life and spirit of Pierce.His father, Kevin Broe, spoke these words:
One way to provide meaning to this tragedy is for each and every one of us to commit to finding a larger purpose in life using Pierce as an inspiration. The entire community has come together to lift up Pierce and our family in so many ways that I feel like this new mission has already started.
I’m asking you to look at the way Pierce lived his life and to draw inspiration from it.
I’m asking for big things. Start a nonprofit or foundation. Create an event to raise money for a cause you believe in. Look for other ways to change the world.
I’m asking for small things. Take food to Loaves and Fishes. Go to church. Or change your family’s diet.*
Perhaps one of the children here will be inspired to become a cancer researcher and help find a cure for cancer. Perhaps some of them will be inspired to become doctors and help heal someone. Perhaps some of them will be inspired to become a child life specialist, who work everyday with wonderful sick children.
I can think of no greater honor for Pierce than if, in the coming months and years, each of you come to Janel and me and tell us how Pierce inspired you and how he changed the world.
This won’t ease our pain and make us miss him any less, but it may provide a small portion of the answer, “Why.”