Friday night was overwhelming. The outpouring of support for Ryan at the Battle for a Better Cause football game touched me deeply. So profoundly. The solidarity was something I never personally witnessed. The sea of white spilled from the bleachers, completely filled the “standing room only” lining the field, and even extended to outside the stadium where people gathered on the hillside.
More than once I just closed my eyes and listened. I swallowed hard to suppress the emotion as I heard the crowd chanting “Ryan Diviney!”. It was a new emotion for me. One I never knew even existed… at least not at that level. An emotion of pride and sadness tearing me right down the middle. No, that’s not quite right how I explained it. It was more like it was exploding from so deeply within me. I’m telling you, I felt disconnected from my body.
Thank you, Briar Woods. Thank you, Broad Run. Thank you, Ashburn.
Courtesy of the Ashburn Patch, here are some sights and sounds from the game. I believe the first video might be from when I did the coin-toss. All I know for certain is it was deafeningly loud down on the field.
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