MEET JAMIE

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Meet Jamie…“Great Kid, funny, full of life, intense, competitive, impulsive, mischievous, irascible, clever, charming, smart, cute and cuddly, self assured and confident… he’s got swagger”.  These are some of the words and phrases used to describe Jamie McHenry.  He was fun loving and loved life, his family, his friends, his dog, his Gators and sports.  Not necessarily in that order.  He had a great personality, a tough guy on the outside but a big teddy bear on the inside.  . He was a character, for sure.  The kid had such confidence and self-assurance and was known for his  quick wit and mischievous  smile

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Jamie loved sports, both as a player and a spectator.  He was an avid Lacrosse player and was known for the velocity of his shot.  His teammates nicknamed him “Rocket Shot”.  He loved the lacrosse culture and learned all about the history of the sport.  He was very proud to be known  as a “Lax Bro”.  He played Lacrosse and Basketball for the Centennial High school Jr. Knights feeder programs and loved everything about being a Jr. Knight.  He hung out at the High School whenever he could and dreamed of playing for the Knights. 

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He also played Basketball for St. Brigid’s Catholic  Church, swam for the Mayfair Marlins and played saxophone in the middle school band… But… lacrosse was his absolute passion.

Jamie was also a huge sports fan.  He was crazy about the Florida Gators in everything but especially football and basketball.  Gators shirts, shorts, hats and sweatshirts were a big part of his wardrobe.  It was his dream to go to Florida and study sports broadcasting or sports management.  He wanted to make a career in the sports world he loved so much.

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He loved being an older brother to Emily.  They would fight like siblings do but he would brag and gush to his friend’s about how great his sister is and what an incredible athlete she is… how many goals Emily scored at lacrosse and how amazing she is at tennis.  He took great pride in teaching her how to play lacrosse and working with her on drills in the driveway.  Then at games, when Emily would score, he would look at us and say, “See, I taught her everything she knows”.  Emily now wears Jamie’s number 8 on her jersey when she plays lacrosse to honor her brother.

 

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Our beloved Jamie was hit by a car and killed on April 3, 2013 while on Spring Break with friends in Florida.  It was and continues to be a devastating loss for our family.

His services were attended by over a thousand people including nearly a hundred of his fellow athletes of all ages in uniform.  It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful boy who is missed every day.

 

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Creating The Jamie McHenry Memorial Foundation has been our way of continuing to “take care” of Jamie, allowing us to give back to the sports community of which he was such a big part.

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