More than eight years have passed since FBI agent Samuel Hicks, 33, died in the line of duty, shot and killed during a drug raid.
On Saturday, his life takes on special meaning for dozens of children on a soccer field. The Samuel Hicks Memorial Fund holds its third annual free soccer clinic at Southmoreland High School in Scottdale. Kids from kindergarten to eighth grade will participate.
“This was his sport of choice,” Charlotte Hicks Carrabotta, Samuel’s mother, said. “This field here has a lot of emotion, but a lot of great memories behind it .”
Hicks was an avid soccer fan before he became an FBI agent.
“It is so Samuel to be part of a team and working,” Carrabotta said. “That was his way all through life, even to the very end he was part of a team.”
He coached soccer for three years in three different places, including the women’s soccer team at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
The clinic runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.