YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Six years after Lakeland graduate and soccer star Michelle O’Brien lost her battle with brain cancer at the young age of 20, friends and family continue to keep her memory alive by holding an annual soccer tournament in her name.
Last Saturday, hundreds gathered at the Lakeland High School field to continue a tradition that started as Lakeland alumni Francesca Vasta's Girl Scout Gold Award project.
In years past, the tournament featured a series of scrimmages. This year, the tournament marked the first league games for both Lakeland boys and girls varsity teams.
Following the two full-length games, attendees came together on the Lakeland track to walk a lap in O’Brien’s honor. An alumni game was then played by O’Brien’s friends and former teammates.
Memorial t-shirts and bracelets were sold, with all proceeds benefiting the Michelle O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund.