AUSTIN - Sean and Brodie Copeland tragically lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Nice, France this past July. Saturday night, for the first time since their funeral, loved ones gathered to honor and remember this baseball-loving duo.
Kim Copeland is Brodie's mom and Sean's wife. She said after their funeral, she started to get the urge to do something else.
"We wanted to do something to carry on their legacy," Copeland said.
So Kim Copeland decided to meet with the University of Texas baseball team and the Longhorn Foundation to come up with a gameplan for this legacy. They came up with the Sean and Brodie Memorial Endowment. This would be a UT baseball scholarship that will provide an annual scholarship for a baseball student-athlete. It would also allow that person to wear number 8 on the back of their jersey.
"It was my son's favorite baseball number," Kim Copeland said. "It's given me a good distraction, something to focus on."
Saturday night, Kim Copeland coordinated a fundraiser that would raise money for that scholarship. There was live music as well as a silent auction and raffle.
"It's great seeing all these people come out to honor their legacy," Kim Copeland said. "It means a lot to our family."
It was easy to notice that there were also many teenagers in baseball jerseys -- Hill Country Baseball Club Jerseys -- as these players decided to come in uniform to remember Brodie in a way so many remembered him. Aaron Cable is the head of player development for the baseball club and said these players decided to do this without any advice from any of the coaches.
"It's awesome, Cable said. "I can't think of a better way to remember them with all these smiling faces and families and friends getting together."
For Kim Copeland, the conversations and hugs from Saturday night helped her remember her husband and son for all the right reasons.
"A lot of these people I haven't seen since the funeral," Copeland said. "It's great to see them again in a different environment, at a positive environment."
So while those images of that tragic day still burn in the memory for Brodie's mom and Sean's wife, she got the chance Saturday to forgot about the how and cherish the who, with the people who knew them best.
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