Bluffton University* will play baseball this season despite the deaths of five players who were killed when the team bus toppled off an overpass on March 2 while on a trip to Florida.
"It's important they get back on the field and do what they love," athletic director Phill Talavinia said Tuesday.
He said the players on the team were unanimous in their decision, but they first wanted to make sure the families of those killed agreed. The team will wear all-black uniforms to honor the five players: Scott Harmon, Tyler Williams, Cody Holp, David Betts and Zach Arend.
I cannot begin to imagine the pain of losing members of such a close-knit family that is a college athletic team and the strength it would take to continue your season in honor of them. Instances like these serve as gut-checks, as opportunities to reflect and make sure you���re making the most out of your time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Bluffton community.
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