One year after Ely Dehart passed away in a sudden car accident, his basketball team continues to support his mother through her grief.
Jennifer Dehart has been outspoken on social media about the tragic loss of her teenage son. Ely was an avid basketball player and considered his team a second family. Amazingly, they felt likewise about him. Following his passing, they never stopped viewing the Deahart’s with love and even found ways to let Jennifer know her son is still with her.
In a video originally posted on TikTok, the mother shared how her son’s basketball team continues to carry on the life of Ely. “They hug me to remind me my son will always be a part of the team,” she wrote in the caption of the video. “This means more to me than they will ever know. It’s like my child is hugging me and telling me he loves me. Thanks for all the hugs, boys.”
Since being shared on social media, SportsCenter picked up the story and a flood of support from families all over the world has been vocalized to the family. Many commenters have shared that the story has made them cry and many individuals have also applauded Jennifer’s strength.
Jennifer Dehart shares her love of her son’s basketball team
However, the mother has consistently given her thanks to her son’s basketball community. In an Instagram post from last month, she dedicated an entire comment section to her love for Ely’s team.
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“Just want to thank the SEM community for all the love and support you give to our family and for always caring for our son who is deeply missed,” she stated. “This means so much to us and I can’t thank you all enough. Just want you all to know that we always support y’all and care deeply for each and every one of [them].”
She continued to relay the impact the basketball community has had on her family and that being welcomed into the gym always brightens up her spirits. Jennifer wrote, “The second we walk into that gym and seen all the smiling faces and welcoming hugs, love and support my heart was just filled with so much joy.”
She concluded with the sentiments, “I love y’all from the bottom of my heart and will forever cherish these moments with you. Thanks for all you do to keep Elys so close to you all.”
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