The Brewster girls varsity field hockey team of 2014 doesn’t know Brewster High 2004 graduate Alex Blackwell and they never met her firefighter father, who perished in the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.
But when they run the Stephen Sillers Tunnel to Towers 5K Sept. 28, Blackwell and her father, along with the many first responders they know and love in their community, will be foremost in mind.
“It definitely makes me remember all the times that he has had to go out on jobs,” team co-captain Carly Corbett said of her father, a retired Bedford police officer.
Corbett, Taylor Anderek and Annika Roll — all seniors and co-captains of the team — will lead about 17 players, along with their coach, Art Holzmann, to represent Brewster High School in the race, carrying on the long tradition of Brewster athletes.
The school’s Semper Fi club and the boys and girls cross country teams will also join in the crush of thousands of participants who run and walk the 3.5 miles through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and north to the Twin Towers.
It’s the second or third time for Corbett and Roll and Anderek’s first time participating in the charity event that benefits first responders and injured servicemembers throughout the U.S. The field hockey team did fundraising to pay their entry fees and transportation to the race.
To hear more about what the annual event means to the team, check out this video:
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