Mackenzie Forrest, a Lakewood basketball star, honed her skills as a kid on the courts at the Gold Crown Foundation, but as
On March 13th 2016 Mackenzie Forrest tragically lost her life in a car accident. Mackenzie, an award-winning high school basketball player, always brought Hustle + Heart to the court. KINDNESS WAS HER CORE TRAIT
Remember to buckle up & that kindness matter
Remember to be kind to others
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Mac's 3-point line – Her Spirit, Her Passion, Her Identity
HUSTLE + HEART
An award-winning high school basketball player, Lil’ Mac always brought Hustle + Heart to the court and to her life. She worked hard, and she played hard – always hustling and giving her best. And she also found time to reach out to others. That kindness – that heart – that’s what we think of when we remember Lil’ Mac. Our journey since losing Lil’ Mac has been difficult, excruciating. We miss her every day. As we continue this path, we want to keep Lil’ Mac’s spirit alive. We want people to know that Hustle + Heart set Lil’ Mac apart, and hard work and kindness can do the same for others, too.
GOLD CROWN FOUNDATION
Many kind people have been sending donations to honor Mackenzie. That generosity touched the Forrest’s hearts and they quickly decided to give all donations along to one of Mac’s favorite organizations – Gold Crown Foundation. This non-profit has made a significant impact on young people and the community, offering youth sports and education programs to nearly 20,000 boys and girls, and granting nearly $100,000 in scholarships, each year.
“Gold Crown represents much of Mackenzie’s life – her love of basketball and her dedication to impacting the lives of undeserved kids,” notes Lil’ Mac’s mom, Denise. “She grew both as a player and as a volunteer, a giver, at Gold Crown.”
We understand that losing a loved one is a very difficult experience. If you feel you need some support we recommend you check out our #33 sightings page where you can share your feelings and see how Lil’ Mac touched people’s lives
On the court – play hard, play smart and play with heart.
Take the Lil' Mac Pledge
Every car has a seatbelt. Putting it on is the key. A seatbelt would have changed everything. A seatbelt would have saved Mackenzie Forrest’s life when her car overturned back on March 13, 2016. We treasure our memories of her spirit, her smile, her hustle on the basketball court, and her heart – her kindness toward others.
In Lil’ Mac’s memory, please take the Lil’ Mac Pledge – “Always buckle up, and remember that kindness matters. Add your name to the growing list of those who have taken the Lil’ Mac Pledge
Are you interested in seeing how Mac practised – she was a student of the game of basketball! A few links to checkout:
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