Kicks for Mik keeps legacy alive

Coordinators of the event, from left, Rebecca Turner, Jenny Diemert, and Mende Gleiss. Photo provided

Mikayla Ferer’s legacy was on full display on June 2 when over 100 people gathered for the “Kicks for Mik” Kickball Tournament at Clarkston High School.
Ferer was 23 years old when she passed away in a car accident on Feb. 13, 2017.
“Her loss left a hole in the hearts of all those that knew her,” said family friend Chris Turner. “Mikayla was passionate about health, wellness, and giving to those around her. Her love of life and infectious smile has left its mark on the Clarkston community forever.”
The first annual “Kicks for Mik” event raised over $3,000 to continue support for the $1,500 college scholarship in Mikayla’s name, given to a graduating senior at Clarkston High School embodying all she stood for.
Coordinators of the event were Mende Gleiss, Jenny Diemert, and Rebecca Turner, all former classmates of Mikayla’s at Clarkston High School.
“Watching people arrive for the tournament was humbling,” Gleiss said. “Mikayla loved bringing people together and naturally made them smile. I saw so many smiles today and I know that Mikayla would be proud of the legacy she left!”
Nine teams participated in the double elimination kickball tournament. The “Yellow” team took home first place, with each member being presented a coffee mug from Front Porch Coffee, a shop designed by Laura Rodgers in honor of Mikayla in the Clarkston United Methodist Church.
“When we came up with the idea to have a kickball tournament we weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned out great,” Rebecca Turner commented. “We want to thank the Ferer family for their support, as well as everyone that participated and donated to this worthy cause.”
The three grads plan to make “Kicks for Mik” an annual event in the future. “We couldn’t be happier with the tremendous support Mikayla’s scholarship got from this event and we can’t wait to do it again next year,” Turner said.



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