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Stratford Gym Is A Memorial To A Young Athlete

Jeremy Proto, Andrew Kreta

Bunnell High School, Stratford CT

1:23 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Stratford CT

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            After the tragic death of Erin Babieanu , who died during a fatal car accident in Jamaica when her taxi hit an oncoming truck which instantly killed the driver and seriously  injured the others in the vehicle.

Erin Marie Babieanu died due to serious injuries in a Miami children's hospital on February 22, 2005, she was only 10 years old. A stand out softball player and gymnast Erin aspired to be an athlete.

Erin’s gym was recently built and opened behind the Sterling House Community center located in Stratford . The gym houses a 14,000-square-foot turf field as well as a separate room that is used for parties. Having a gym built in Erins name finally became a reality for her family and friends on Oct. 22, 2011.

Erin's father, Jeff Babieanu, is the co-creator and owner of the gym. When we asked him about why he thought a gym was a good way to remember Erin, he said “She was very athletic, she loved going to big complexes and she was a gymnast and softball player and she always got a kick out of going to theses nice places.” Mr. Babieanu continued to say “ When Erin died, a few months later, we said if we ever could do anything it would be nice to build a complex that kids could use.”

 Today her dreams live on, for other children to enjoy, not only through the gym in her name, but also a softball field at Chapel Street Elementary, the elementary school she attended. Sam Shultz is a friend of Erin who attended the same elementary school as Erin. Sam, when asked if she thought the gym represented Erin well she said, “I do believe that the gym represents Erin nicely because she was a hard working kid.

Like Erin, the Gym is a sparkling gem in the town of Stratford that reminds us of her great athletic ability and kindness, as well as her amazing work ethic which is still shown today through the teachings of her father to young athletes at the gym.                                                                                                                                                   

            After the tragic death of Erin Babieanu , who died during a fatal car accident in Jamaica when her taxi hit an oncoming truck which instantly killed the driver and seriously  injured the others in the vehicle.

 

Erin Marie Babieanu died due to serious injuries in a Miami children's hospital on February 22, 2005, she was only 10 years old. A stand out softball player and gymnast Erin aspired to be an athlete.

 

Erin’s gym was recently built and opened behind the Sterling House Community center located in Stratford . The gym houses a 14,000-square-foot turf field as well as a separate room that is used for parties. Having a gym built in Erins name finally became a reality for her family and friends on Oct. 22, 2011.

 

Mr. Jeff Babieanu, is the Co-Creator and Owner of the gym. When we asked him about why he thought a gym was a good way to remember Erin, he said “She was very athletic, she loved going to big complexes and she was a gymnast and softball player and she always got a kick out of going to theses nice places.” Mr. Babieanu continued to say “ When Erin died, a few months later, we said if we ever could do anything it would be nice to build a complex that kids could use.”

 

 Today her dreams live on, for other children to enjoy, not only through the gym in her name, but also a softball field at Chapel Street Elementary, the elementary school she attended. Sam Shultz is a friend of Erin who attended the same elementary school as Erin. Sam, when asked if she thought the gym represented Erin well she said, “I do believe that the gym represents Erin nicely because she was a hard working kid.

 

Like Erin, the Gym is a sparkling gem in the town of Stratford that reminds us of her great athletic ability and kindness, as well as her amazing work ethic which is still shown today through the teachings of her father to young athletes at the gym.