More than just an award-winning star on the Power Soccer court, Peter Andersen was a star that shone brightly on everyone’s path that he crossed. Unfortunately, his heart could not handle the stress that his muscular dystrophy put on his body, and Peter passed away on Tuesday morning, June 3rd. Those of us within this loyal family of Power Soccer will remember him not only for his skill on the court and his love for the game, but for his perpetual energy and cheerful character. Peter owned a courage known to few men – and with less than a decade under his belt, Peter Andersen left an imprint on the hearts of countless individuals across the entire nation. He might chase you with his wheelchair, flash a sweet smile to swindle candy from you at a fundraising counter, or contort his hands and arms as if the circus was recruiting him to perform after his game, and all with the ease and charm that came so naturally from him. Our Peter rolled through life without as much as a worry on his shoulder, and found joy in even the smallest tattoo temporarily decorating his forehead. In honor of him, let’s look for joy – CLAIM JOY – in every situation, and find a ray of sunshine, a healthy check- up, or a temporary tattoo to smile about each day. Our Peter was an example of joy in adversity. Our Peter was a star. Our Peter will forever be extraordinary!
“The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.” - Emerson