Dear FIYA Community,
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that our co-worker and friend, Shanese Washington, passed away unexpectedly on April 15th from an apparent blood clot that travelled to her heart. Shanese was 39 years old and she leaves behind an adoring group of family, friends and young athletes whom she mentored and coached over the years.
As FIYA's Director of Special Projects, Shanese was a fun individual to work with and she contributed significantly to FIYA in many ways; we implemented several of her ideas into our program just this past year. She was excited about the future of FIYA and about her role in continuing to make FIYA a premier school based youth sports program. Her driving passion was the youth she met, coached and mentored.
Shanese found her purpose in, and truly had a special and genuine love for youth sports, especially basketball. She was heavily motivated and inspired to develop young student athletes both on and off the court. Her passion ran so deep that she left her regular day job so she could pour her heart and soul into working for FIYA all while starting her own nonprofit, a youth basketball program called PIC3. As if that weren't enough, Shanese also coached basketball and volleyball and taught Physical Education at St. Jerome School in Westchester on a part time basis.
Through it all, Shanese displayed the compassionate coaching skills she is best known for, directly impacting the thousands of youths she instructed and impressing her peers and the many families who entrusted her with their children. Most importantly, Shanese was a fantastic human being with her gentle, happy personality and her calm, cool demeanor. We know that she developed special connections and relationships with FIYA's coaches, administrators, student athletes, and officials, and also with all those beyond the FIYA community. Shanese has undoubtedly made a long-lasting impact on every community of which she belonged to and worked with.
We humbly ask that you join us with prayers and blessings for her family during this time. If you are so inclined to contribute, we have set up a Go Fund Me account to help Shanese's family.
In addition, her family is creating a memory book -- so no matter how big or how small, we would love for you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any memories that you or your student athletes have of Shanese that we can share with her family. (Please do so by Thursday, April 23rd)
Shanese will be tremendously missed but not forgotten by us. Although she was taken far too soon and had so many more dreams, visions, and ambitions in serving her various youth sports communities, FIYA will share and continue her legacy through our work every day, in serving our youth, and with all those we meet along the way - just as she did and would have continued to do here on Earth. She has forever made an incredible imprint on our hearts, on our mission, and on our community. #togetherFIYA
John Mueller, Executive Director
John Farren, Director of Operations
Mallory Rawson, Director of Publicity & Communications
Nick Galvan, Chairman of the Board
NOVEMBER 1, 1980 - APRIL 15, 2020