NEWTOWN, Pa.- On Thursday April 20th Bucks County Community College dedicated the baseball field in memory of alumni Brian Seibert. Family, friends, faculty and staff were all in attendance as Dr. Shanblatt started the ceremony with a touching backstory.
"Although he left us far too soon, Brian left a mark on our hearts and on our world, and we are all the better for it. He played baseball for the Bucks Centurions in 1993 and 1994, a switch-hitting second baseman who was plentiful in heart and talent. He was also a talented soccer player. His coaches and teammates say he always played with a smile on his face, and displayed sportsmanship that was second-to-none."
"His off-field battles were extraordinary as well. Diagnosed at age 11 with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Brian lived a courageous life until his passing in 1997 at the age of 23. His impact is still felt today. His parents (Jim and Maureen) established the Brian Seibert Memorial Scholarship in 2001, which has helped more than 25 students - who have had or have cancer - attend Bucks. Two years ago, the Seiberts added a second scholarship for student athletes in memory of Brian."
Zach, Maureen and Jim's eldest grandson threw out the first pitch and Jasmine Pachas a Music Major sung the National Anthem. A framed jersey of Brian's was presented to the family as well.
In addition to all the festivities, landscaping and a remodeling of the dugouts was completed in advance of the ceremony. Upon the dugouts now reads "May all players who enter upon this field find Brian's same strength to finish an inning, his perseverance to stand tall after a strike out, and his courage and humility to accept a win as well as a loss."