By Allison Collins
UNATEGO – Family, friends and members of the Unatego and Youth for Christ communities affected by the Dec. 6, 2016 loss of 15-year-old Unadilla boy, Edward McKinley, III, remembered and celebrated in equal parts during a Saturday, June 3 memorial soccer tournament held in McKinley’s honor. McKinley died as the result of an early evening Dec. 5 traffic accident entering Unadilla proper.
The tournament, in which five teams and 42 area kids participated, was first conceived of shortly after McKinley’s death because of his love of both soccer and life. Fittingly, the final match of the tournament, which hopes to become an annual tradition, was played with the ball used by McKinley himself in his last Unatego soccer game.
Midday, a few of those who knew McKinley best spoke, outlining just some of what made him such an outstanding friend, teammate and Christian.
Dorothy Davidson, director with Youth for Christ, noted that Saturday’s blue skies, sandwiched as they were between days of rain, made for “a glorious day to honor Edward.”