Friends, family members, colleagues, classmates, former students, and tennis players gathered near the tennis courts at Frank Seaman Park and Greeneview High School on June 4th to honor and remember the life of Jami Sears. June 4th is the birthday of the Greeneview graduate and Tennis Coach who suddenly passed away this spring, which made this ceremony even more special for those in attendance.
The Greeneview Athletic Department and Greene County Parks and Trails came together to recognize the former tennis coach by naming the courts in her honor. This memorial was proposed by friend and school employee, Debbie Clark. She worked with local contractors, and former classmates of Jami, Kevin Hovan, Bill Dean of Dean Brothers Excavating, Jason Baker of Just Ink Tees, and Ernst Concrete to construct the memorial placard. Thanks to their generous donations this memorial was constructed without any public dollars. Greene County Parks Director, Jon Dobney, was on site for the ceremony and had been involved in the process. Mr. Dobney, who previously coached Jami’s daughter Zoe, was pleased to partner with this project and remember the life of someone who generously gave to the community and helped strengthen the Rams’ tennis program. The tennis courts will bear Jami’s name going forward and the lasting impact she left was memorialized with the words of “In appreciation for your love of the game and the kids who play it.”
Greeneview’s Athletic Director Mark Rinehart and Principal Neal Kasner addressed the crowd thanking them for their support of Jami’s family and the student athletes who were impacted by her loss. Mr. Kasner addressed how Jami will not be remembered or honored for her wins or losses but for the impact she had on the students she worked with. Her memory and legacy will be the relationships she developed and the lives she changed through those relationships. Jami was the Greeneview High School Girls Tennis Coach and had previously been employed as a Preschool Aide for the District. Many students knew her as “Ms. Jami” from her time serving in the preschool and those relationships have remained strong long after they left her classroom.
Jami’s family was present for the ceremony and her husband Jess thanked the crowd for their support during this difficult time for their family. The crowd released a balloons and stayed around long after the unveiling of the placard to visit, share stories of Jami, and some student-athletes went on to play tennis on the new Jami Sears Memorial Courts.
Present in Picture: Steve Daughtery (Jami's father), Jess Sears (husband), Zane Sears (son), and Zoe Sears (daughter)