Brother of Haverford College Student Who Died In Camping Accident Keeps His Memory Alive on Lacrosse Field

Ken Knickerbocker
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John Geppert, brother of Haverford College student Geoff Geppert, who died in a camping accident, keeps his memory alive on the lacrosse field. Image via Washington Post.

John Geppert, brother of Haverford College student Geoff Geppert, who died in a camping accident, is keeping his memory alive on the lacrosse field, writes Emily Giambalvo for The Washington Post.

So John started playing sports at an early age so he could follow in the footsteps of Geoff who was seven years older.

When his brother died, he found himself wondering who he would compare himself to and strive to be like from then on.

During his freshman season at Maryland, John realized he needed to discover his on-field identity once again and remind himself why he plays.

To do that, he visited Haverford College for the first time since his brother’s death.

He found that the muddy hill that the players walked up to greet their parents after the game has now been replaced with a memorial staircase.

“I came back with a clear mind,” he said and went on to play well in the NCAA tournament, where his team reached the quarterfinals.

This season, he will play wearing a No. 20 jersey, the number worn by his brother at Haverford.

Read more about the brothers at The Washington Post by clicking here.

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