Seventh Annual Deanna Rivers Softball Tournament

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Deanna Rivers never got the chance to play her senior year after she was killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Since that tragic event, dozens of seniors take the field in her honor and play for number 19.

“Turning tragedy into triumph” – that has been the motto for the past seven years for the Rivers family, who used the loss of their daughter and her love for softball as a way to pay it forward for many high school softball seniors.

“I always said Deanna, how did we raise such a girl to be better than us…she had a magic from the day she was born.”

-Brian Rivers, Deanna’s father

Friends and family members talk about the tournament and the kind of person Deanna Rivers was

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