Alyssa Brown, 16, was born December 16, 1999 in San Diego. She was a sophomore who attended Mount Carmel High School. Ever since she first started playing softball at age 6, Alyssa’s love for the game was evident. Since her freshman year, she played first baseman on the varsity softball team and also participated in the school’s volleyball program. Outside of school she enjoyed playing on the San Diego Breakers travel softball team, singing along to her favorite songs, and spending time with her friends. She passed away February 11, 2016. With every person she encountered, she left behind a positive impact that will be remembered forever. Below are commemorative thoughts from her high school softball coach, favorite teacher, and a few of her closest friends.
“Alyssa was very determined to be out here. She made varsity as a freshman and her smile and positivity on the field was contagious. I could tell right away when I first met her that she was a player we should keep our eye on. The softball program is working to retire her number 4 jersey to honor her. The girls still feel her presence on the field, and she still remains a positive influence. Both the team and I miss having her around.”
– Scott Ward
“Alyssa was such a friendly and giving person. It was obvious right away, whether it was her talking to the shy kid in the classroom or giving a kid a ride home even if she didn’t know them all too well, or coming into the room smiling and making everyone else in the room smile. She was always uplifting other people and making other people feel good, and that’s what I enjoy most about her.”
“The two years that I knew Alyssa were two of the hardest years of my life and I’ll never be able to tell her how much she did for me and how good of a friend she was to me. I could tell her anything and I knew she would never judge me. She had a heart of gold and always saw the good in people, and spread her positivity wherever she went. She was a light at MC. There hasn’t been a minute that’s gone by that I haven’t thought about her. She’ll be missed by everyone.”
“She was definitely inspirational. Even the people who didn’t really know her knew she always had a smile on her face. She showed me what it’s like to be strong no matter what, and I want people to know that she was a person who was always there for you. Even on her bad days she made your bad day seem better. Of all the memories I made with her, there was never a dull moment. Although I miss her I know she’s still here, probably making fun of me and laughing at me when I trip and being a part of all the little things we shared. She was my best friend and always will be.”
“Alyssa Brown was so full of life and was just someone you’d want to be around all the time. I’ve yet to meet one person who disliked her, she was just so lovable and someone I looked up to. She was not only my best friend, she was like my sister. She always had the craziest ideas, and doing the responsible thing we always did them. Alyssa was the sweetest person until she got on the softball field. That’s when she turned into the hulk, tagging girls so hard their helmets would fall off. I’ve never met someone so in love with the game. I’m so lucky to have made so many memories with her, like riding with her and her dad every weekend to every tournament and getting to be her adoptive sister for a week. I promise to do everything she can no longer do, I promise to help keep her dad strong and our team strong as well.”
Alyssa Brown will be missed on the softball field, in the classroom, and in the hearts of all who were blessed to have her in their lives.