Minneapolis South High finds itself shrouded in grief after one of the school’s most likable football players drowned after swimming with his friends in a nearby lake.
As reported by Gannett network KARE, a CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, 15-year-old Sha-Kym Adams was found drowned at the bottom of Lake Nokomis. Some of the rising sophomore’s friends said that he had been swimming early in the morning with them off the east shore of the lake, where no life guard is on duty until 11 a.m. The teens were participating in a self-monitored and self-enforced preseason cardio training session for the school’s football team.
“Hug your children,” Sha-Kym’s mother, Kimberly Adams, told attendees of a vigil held in Sha-Kym’s honor at Minneapolis South. “Tell them you love them, and children, tell your parents you love them. Even if you have to write it down. You go home and you kiss your parents. You might have pissed them off this morning but you hug them and you kiss them. Whisper in their ear if you don’t want to say it aloud … It is not that hard because I know I wish I would’ve said it every single day.”
There’s little question that Adams’ teammates and housemates loved him. Adams’ parents were quick to insist that the South football program bore no responsibility for Sha-Kym’s death, citing the potential for cramp as the most likely culprit in his drowning.
“It was an accident. Was he tired or fatigued?” Sharrod Rowe, Adams’ father, told the vigil. “Nine times out of 10 he probably just caught a cramp. Water will win every time.”
Clearly, everyone is saying and doing the right thing. The tragedy is that all the work on healing can do nothing to bring Adams back.