Remembering Dayton

Ron and Nancy Rodrigues wanted a simple and memorable event to remember their son; the Tigers soccer team delivered just that. A small memorial was held for Dayton Rodrigues prior to the Cowley soccer game versus Ranger College on August 28.  Dayton a 2010 graduate played soccer for Cowley and was team captain. On May 22, two weeks after graduation, Dayton was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. Prior to the accident Rodriguez had committed to play soccer at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where he planned to study mechanical engineering.
A collaboration between the Rodrigues family and the soccer staff ended with the decision to dedicate the team’s first home game in memory of Dayton. The event was to be simple and low profile, head soccer coach Robert dos Santos explained; “His family asked us to make it as simple as possible and without much announcement. So we did.”
Dayton’s parents along with several family members attended the game. His parents and one of his sisters walked out on the field with the team during the introductions.
“We introduced the family to the crowd and spoke briefly about Dayton’s legacy as a student-athlete,” said dos Santos “we had a moment of silence in his memory and we escorted them out.”
The family was presented with a team soccer ball, one that Dayton surely would have played with, with signatures from the current soccer players. After watching the Tigers open up their season with a 2-1 win, Nancy caught up with coach dos Santos and thanked Cowley College for the simple and memorable event.

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