By: Amanda Pitts


MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WLNE) -- Five high school soccer teams came together Sunday afternoon to honor the life of Maddie Potts.

The "Maddie Potts Invitational" was put on by Middletown High School student Kate Homer, who is using the event as her senior capstone.

Homer invited teams from St. George's School, Rogers High School, Tiverton High School, Portsmouth High School, and Middletown High School.

"Our team was playing here the night she passed away, so this is something that is really close to all of our hearts," said Homer.

Maddie Potts collapsed during a soccer game in September of 2017 and later died at the hospital of a brain aneurysm. Potts was the captain of Chariho's soccer team.

"It was a really traumatic experience. It took all of us a really long time to get over it, but we're turning it into something positive."

Homer and the dozens of other students played 11-minute halves to mark the 17-year-old captain's jersey number.

Most of the students at the game had never met Potts but still gave us their Sunday in her honor.

"It's constantly humbling to have a loss like this, because it really does bring out all of the good in people," said Stephanie Potts, Maddie's mom.

A few months after her death, her parents started the Maddie Potts Foundation. They've already awarded 11 scholarships to graduating seniors.

They say they'll continue to use the foundation to make a difference to keep their daughter's legacy of doing things for others alive.

"So much of what she did and how she lived her life was behind the scenes, and that's the important part of it. To do these things, not for your own recognition, but because it's the right thing to do."

All proceeds from Sunday's invitational went to the foundation.

The family is now hoping to raise enough money to build a field house and practice facility in Maddie's name. To donate to the foundation, click here.

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