A tribute for Tyler Madoff was held on Dean Field at Scarsdale High School this weekend to offer students, parents, teachers and the rest of the community to share their memories of Tyler, the high school student who was swept out to see two weeks ago. There were over a hundred people in attendance at the event, which was organized by SHS students, Alexandria Natarajan and Alex Benitez.
People were asked to come up to the microphone and share something, any memory or thought or feeling that they were experiencing during these difficult times. Many people took the opportunity to speak, including several members of the football team, students, faculty members and Tyler’s parents.
“We’ve forgotten about each other,” Neil Ginsberg, SHS teacher said to the crowd, and explained that we should all be “giving a lot of hugs”. He told the audience to stand up for a moment to give hugs to one another.
His school friends spoke about his concern for his peers and his desire to see everyone laughing, while his football teammates spoke about his strong work ethic and discipline, as well as his commitment to his teammates. They are planning to honor him with a patch on their jerseys with his number, 51, inside a dark circle as well as with a sticker on their helmets for away games. They plan to retire his jersey, and put up a large poster of Tyler at the exit of their locker room to tap for luck before every game.
“We’re incredibly touched. He loved it here. He loved Scarsdale. Hug your parents, even when they make you crazy. And hug your kids, even when they make you crazy,” said Tyler’s mom, Marianne Madoff, to the crowd, the last to speak at the event.