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West Florence High School marks ‘Hannah Skipper Fun Day’

February 25, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – With music, speeches, activities, softball games and more, West Florence High School celebrated the legacy Saturday of a student-athlete who died in September in an auto crash.

“Hannah Skipper Fun Day” was a celebration of the shortstop’s life.

The highlight was the unveiling of a new softball scoreboard.

“The Hannah Skipper Foundation keeps Hannah’s legacy alive, aside from all the memories we have with her,” said Alexis Snyder, one of Skipper’s teammates. “The scoreboard will keep her memory alive for Lady Knights that didn’t get the chance to meet Skip.”

West Florence softball coach Abby Sullivan said the day of fun mirrored Skipper’s personality, which was full of light and happiness.

“I am amazed looking at all the love and support out here,” said Hannah Billingsley, one of Skipper’s friends and classmates. “I know for sure Hannah is smiling ear to ear.”

Activities included bouncy houses and balloon animals.

The games were started by the singing of the national anthem, performed by choir groups from West Florence, South Florence and Wilson high schools. After the anthem was sung, alumni and current softball players joined at shortstop to watch the dedication of the $11,000 scoreboard. John Skipper, Hannah’s father, said a few words, including “Play ball” to start the games.

“Hannah Skipper Fun Day was a huge success,” West Florence athletic director Greg Johnson said. “It was pretty easy to see the impact she had on so many people. She leaves behind quite a legacy.”