Miami gives Everett's family her posthumous degree

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 3:04 AM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Austen Everett never played a game at Miami. Her former team is trying to ensure that she's never forgotten, either.

The Hurricanes' women's soccer program paid tribute to Everett on Sunday, two months to the day after the former goalkeeper died from complications related to her long fight with cancer.

Everett was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while she was a member of the team in 2008. She vowed to return and eventually did make it back onto the practice field, but never into a match.

Sunday's match against Virginia Tech was a fundraiser for the Austen Everett Foundation, which aims to work with children fighting cancer. Her mother, June Leahy, and fiance Matt Luzunaris were in attendance and were presented with a posthumous degree by the university.

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