...you would have been bursting with pride! Dawn signed her official Athletic Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Trinity College of Florida (http://www.trinitycollege.edu/). It was a tough decision since several colleges were looking at her. Trinity College is 3 hours north of us in New Port Richey, FL (just north of Tampa). It is a small evangelical christian college whose main emphasis is ministry and missions. It seems to be everything she's been looking for: not too far from home, christian college with missions major (she feels that God has called her to the mission field), in Florida, near the beach, not in a really freezing cold climate (remember where she was born and raised! She couldn't bear to not be near palm trees), AND she'd be able to play competitive volleyball.
We made an overnight trip there last month. Dawn was able to sleep in the dorm, meet some of the volleyball players and attend a couple of classes. We were impressed with what we saw and heard, but more importantly, Dawn had a great time. We toured the area before we left and found that the beach was very nearby. That was important to Dawn - is it any wonder considering where she was born and grew up?!
Trinity volleyball coach, Mark Sawyer, was able to come to her signing event at her school.
We left the decorations up and 3 hours later, we did a 2nd signing of the letter. Her 2 volleyball arenas have been her school team and club volleyball. The club's end of the season bar-b-que dinner was that night, right there in the cafeteria. Club coach (and her former high school coach), Tom Baxter, has been the most influential person in Dawn's life since we returned to the states. We have appreciated him, his dedication and willingness to work with Dawn. He saw potential in her that first volleyball camp she went to the week after arriving in the US. He took her under his wing, and in these last 3 years, has taught her the game and given her incredible opportunities to learn and advance. He brought her from knowing nothing about the game, fresh from the outback of Haiti to being a fantastic player, winning a state championship and being capable of being a sought after player. How can we thank him enough??
Since this was the end of club party and the end of Dawn's high school volleyball, he wanted to be able to recognize Dawn - thus the decision to have a 2nd signing. It was just as exciting and happy of an event as the first one. It was a novel idea, but to Dawn it was a perfect day!