On March 2, 2007, the Bluffton baseball team experienced an accident that forever changed the lives of the players, coaches, their family and friends and the Bluffton campus community. While traveling to Sarasota, Fla., the baseball team's charter bus fell from an overpass in Atlanta, Ga., killing student-athletes David Betts (Bryan, Ohio); Scott Harmon (Lima, Ohio); Cody Holp (Arcanum, Ohio) and Tyler Williams (Lima, Ohio); and the bus driver and his wife. Twenty-eight others were injured. Student-athlete Zachary Arend (Oakwood, Ohio) died one week later.
That single moment changed lives. But from that moment, a sea of moments arose. Hundreds of thousands of moments when complete strangers lent a helping hand. Moments when friends, family and community members gathered to lean on one another. Moments when the Bluffton baseball players, coaches and campus community realized that an entire world outside of Bluffton was supporting them, praying for them, wishing them well.
These words were penned for the Bluffton magazine one year after the accident. They remain words that are no less true now than they were in 2007.
In the Bluffton magazine produced a few months after the accident, stories told of
the outpouring of support.
>>>Community redefined, the story of March 2, 2007
One year later, the campus community again gathered to remember, to reflect, and for
the baseball players and coaches to take the field once again for a game that remains
unchanged, but will never be quite the same. The magazine produced in spring 2008
focused on remembering, and the importance of "Touching Home."
>>>One year later, Bluffton remembers.