Friday, August 25, 2017

'Accept The Challenge' Of Painful Life Lessons

Even in her darkest moments, Danielle Senior still shines as a coach, as a teacher, as a person.

The coach of the Bishop Eustace Prep School field hockey team lost her mother, Lenora, - the team's biggest fan – a few weeks ago and although mired in pain and sorrow, Senior is still teaching the young girls who look up to her for so much more than diagramming a corner shot.

“I think the biggest thing everyone can take from it, the team and myself, is now how do you handle this situation,” Senior said softly but with steely resolve. “And to show what type character and what type strength you have, and what type person you are … with the team losing players and me losing a loved one.”

The Crusaders lost splendid senior leadership and talent from last season’s state title team and Senior lost her biggest and most devoted fan, but together they are marching onward.

Lenora, who passed away at 78-years-old, is certainly casting her beaming smile on her beloved daughter and her team.

Danielle Senior, a former star player for the Crusaders who went on to play at Penn State, decided on the team quote this season to be “Accepting The Challenge". She wrote to her team on Facebook: “ Losing 5 starters this season, along with our biggest fan, these will be our three words to live by for Fall '17 season. Life brings many challenges, how we . . . 

Click here to read the rest of this compelling story by Kevin Callahan in the current issue of South Jersey Sports Digest. You'll be glad you did!

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