The RMU Sport Management Association has hosted two Pirates game nights in Marco’s honor, with a portion of ticket sales going toward the memorial fund. On October 5, more than 100 friends and family gathered on campus for a memorial event to dedicate a tree and bench near the band entrance to the stadium. A plaque reads: “Follow your dreams. I did.” Kate Gatto D’12, director of major gifts, said RMU offers about 175 scholarships providing critical financial support for students. Marco’s fund has grown to more than $45,000, enough for an endowed scholarship in his name next year. “A scholarship makes a lasting impact on our campus. It’s something that is really permanent and a legacy,” she adds.
Danny says he believes Marco would be thrilled to be remembered in such a way. “Marco was never a person who was down for too long,” Danny says. “We’d talk about always staying positive and always moving on. As much as I miss him, I know this is what he’d want for us, to keep going on rather than mourning him. I want it to be like we’re celebrating his life as well. Just because he’s gone now, the impact he has on people won’t stop. People can still be inspired by him. “ WRITTEN BY KIMBERLY BURGER CAPOZZI
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