Holy Given Memorial Field

  • Photo of Holly Given Memorial Field Dedication

    The Coral Shores softball field has been dedicated to Holly Given. At the time of the dedication, her jersey, #4, was retired.  Coach Lesa Bonee and her entire softball team participated in the dedication. Also in attendance was all the baseball teams and staff, the lacrosse teams and their coaches. and many of her family members including Lucy Doyle Given (mom), Jack Given (brother), Liz Waller (grandmother), and John Doyle (uncle). 

    The naming of the field was fully supported by the Superintendent at the time, Mark Porter, and the entire Monroe County School board. The list of luminaries participating in the celebration included: School Board Vice-Chair, John Dick; MCSB Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability, Dr. David Murphy; Coral Shores Principal, Blake Fry; CSHS Asst. Principal, Kristy Bedell; Plantation Key School Principal, Lisa Taylor; and Holly’s softball coaching staff, Paul Grewe, Mike Young, and Tracy Dobson. 

    Those addressing the crowd recognized Holly’s unequaled passion for the game, her endearing personality, and her record, four consecutive MVP Awards (softball)…..a distinction that separates her from all other Coral Shores athletes. Coach Bonee spoke of how honored she, and her team are, to use Holly as a softball role-model, adding, “Our goal as a team, will be to live up to the standards established by Holly.”

    Another of the MANY touching moments was the reuniting of Holly’s coaches with members of her/their softball “family.” Former teammates who shared in the ceremony included, Michelle Sexton, Shelby (Gentes) Price, Lauren Sanchez, Stephanie Lietaert, and Cortney Molnar. The 2008 softball team helped adorn the service with an honorary wreath that was placed at home base plate.