Playing college softball had always been a lifelong dream for FSU outfielder Morgan Bullock. Before she stepped on the diamond, tragedy struck her family. Her younger brother Jacob, fell through ice on a frozen lake in their home of Dacula, Georgia and drowned.
"In a way I feel like I'm a pretty optimistic person and when I feel about Jacob and his good character and how happy he was and how happy he'd want me to be," says Morgan. "If anything I just try to be happy for him."
Jacob was an athlete like Morgan, he played football. Sports was something the two always had in common. On her jersey she wears a number eight patch to keep him close to her heart.
"I was number eight in high school before he was and he wanted to follow in the Bullock tradition and wear number eight and he always looked up to me. Now I have no other choice but to look up to him."
While it was a tough time in her family she never thought to leave the sport she loved. Instead, Morgan found a second family with her teammates.
"This team has been the most amazing second family I could ask for. In the beginning, when it first happened I kind of thought about what would have happened if I went to a different school or what would it be like if I had different people on my team."
Jacob may be gone but his memory will live on forever. The Bullock family started the Jacob D. Bullock Foundation. An organization to help and mentor young adults.
"We just wanted to keep that legacy alive, adds Heidi Bullock, Morgan's mother. "We understand that so many youth are going through difficult challenges. The foundation gives back by providing programs and activities for youths to overcome those challenges."
For more information you can visit the foundation's website at http://www.jacobbullock.org/
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