Ryan was born September 09, 1991. His parents are Rick and Rose and he has two older sisters, Rebecca and Randi. Ryan was all boy. He loved any sport that involved a ball – baseball being his favorite. Ryan starting playing baseball as soon as he turned five. It was obvious from day one this would be his true love. Ryan played every spring and fall season and began playing All Stars when he was seven. When he began 7th grade he also decided that he wanted to play football. The first year Ryan didn’t play much, but stayed and practiced all the harder. In 8th grade, Ryan played the majority of every game. He played offense, defense and was even the kicker. He balanced playing baseball on the select level, football and always kept his grades up.
At Southwest High School Ryan played both baseball and football. During his Junior year Ryan dislocated his shoulder during a football game. He missed the rest of the season rehabbing the shoulder after surgery. Soon after he was cleared to play again he had a career ending knee injury. After the knee surgery, Ryan missed his Junior year of baseball also. He continued to rehab the knee to be ready for his Senior year. He wanted a great year so he could have the chance to play baseball at the college level. His dream was to play for college and then come back and coach a football team.
On Monday, December 7, 2009 Ryan had a tryout for several colleges. He loved it! Felt like he would be asked to play for one of the schools. On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 Ryan came home from school and while getting ready to go to the basketball game, complained of his chest hurting. He went in his room to get his shoes so we could take him to the hospital to get things checked out. He collapsed in his room and was never able to be resuscitated.
Following Ryan’s death, we found out how many wonderful friends Ryan had. Ryan had the largest group of friends – it didn’t matter what the race, sex, age or if the person played sports or not. Ryan loved everybody!