Ed Christy Day at the Ballpark
In memory of SFCC business professor and Panther Athletics supporter Ed Christy, the SFCC Athletics Department is hosting “Ed Christy Day at the Ballpark” on Friday, Jan. 28. A special ceremony will be held on Panther Field at 1:50 p.m., prior to the start of the ball game. Christy’s family will be recognized and presented with a plaque and a special jersey with his name on the back. SFCC Panther Baseball players will also wear the initials E.C. on their sleeves during all SFCC Panther Baseball home games this season.
“Ed was very loved here, not only by the employees but by the students as well,” said Rick Hitt, SFCC Athletic Director. “He was a student advocate and mentor, and he supported the student athletes he had in his classes. They wanted to do something special to recognize him.”
“Ed taught a lot of the players, and he respected them,” said his wife, Dorry Christy. “We even drove to Tampa once just so he could watch Jessie Litsch pitch when the Toronto Blue Jays played the Rays. He was very proud of all of them.”
Christy understood the value of sports. He was an athlete himself, playing soccer in college, and later coaching his sons’ soccer team when they were younger. He believed sports were about more than just playing a game, and that they taught teamwork, ethics, and the value of hard work. He attended almost all of SFCC’s athletic events. “When something is that important to someone, you want to recognize it,” Hitt said. “It’s our way of providing a day that both of Ed’s families can come together and celebrate his life.”
“You can’t imagine how honored we feel that Coach Hitt and the athletes decided to do this,” Dorry Christy said. “We have family coming in from all over the U.S. for this day. Ed would be very honored.”