Advent: A Visit In The Darkest Hours

A new essay of mine was posted today on Open to Hope reflecting on the season of Advent and showing up for one another in our darkest hours. I love this quote from Sister Joan Chittister: “Have you never been imprisoned by your fears, your embarrassments, your humiliations, your inadequacies? […]

Día De Muertos: Eat, Speak, and Remember

Some thoughts as we enter the season of remembrance. Read it in full here. I have come to appreciate that memory lives in a separate space and at times Mack and I share a moment. Often I laugh out loud and “re-member” Mack’s great laugh and feel his warm spirit […]

Collegian: “Mack Brady lives on through Penn State men’s soccer”

Update: I had no idea this ran on the cover of the Collegian! Thank you again to the editorial board for covering the Mack Match and to David for writing the story. What a wonderful remembrance. Thank you. Penn State Collegian staff writer David Pollak did a very nice piece […]

A Funeral, A Wedding, Graduations And One Unwanted Guest

An essay from Elizabeth recently posted on OpenToHope.com. It has been six and a half years since our son, Mack, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2012, just shy of his ninth birthday. As the many of us who learn to live newly after loss, we take it on as […]

Gordon Banks (and Mack) Remembered

On the morning of February 12, 2019 England’s greatest goalkeeper died. Gordon Banks was the winning keeper in Englands 1966 World Cup victory and had “The Greatest Ever Save” four years later against Pelé. He was the hero of many children, even an Irish lad from the north. I met […]

Photos: The 7th Mack Clinic

Thank you all for the wonderful clinic! We had over 120 kids in attendance, the Penn State Coaches and players were AWESOME (as always), and it was a wonderful celebration of Mack’s life and the sport he loved! Happy 15th Birthday Mack! 🍀

A brief history of the Mack Clinic

I hardly remember any details from those days after Mack died. The world continued to move, a new year had come in, yet everything had changed for us. Suddenly we had to cope with all sorts of things parents never imagine they need to deal with. My brother came to […]

7th Annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic – January 6, 2019

Join us for the 7th Annual Mack Brady Memorial Soccer Clinic with Penn State Men’s Soccer! January 6th, 2-3:30 pm, in Holuba Hall on Penn State’s University Park campus. It is a FREE clinic and all that will be needed is for children to bring their own ball and parents […]

Mack Brady Keepers – A Poem

Thank you to Daniel Sheerin, Penn State Keeper Emeritus and father of one of our first Mack Brady Keepers for this poem.   Mack Brady Keepers   Mack Brady and we fervent few are forever one true team, ever to excel as goalkeepers living out the Penn State dream   […]

One week to the 6th Annual Mack Brady Match!

UPDATE: There will also be Mack Brady thunder sticks along with a bounce house and balloon artist available on Little Jeffrey! It is just over a week to go before the 6th Annual Mack Match! The Penn State Men will be taking on Ohio State for their Big Ten home opener […]