My grandfather, Hamid Soomekh, who we called Papa, recently passed away at the age of 79. He lived an amazing life. He was the best grandpa my brothers and I could ever have. His passing was very sudden and it has really hit our family hard. Papa wanted everybody to be happy. He was so loving and kind that people were drawn to him. He made everybody feel special and loved, including family, friends, and everyone he encountered, including the mail lady! My brothers and I loved him very much and were blessed to see him every day. He brought so much joy, love and happiness to this world in a way that can not be recreated. Papa was positive man and never said anything negative about anyone or anything. He never lost his temper or got mad. He was always happy and making us laugh.
Their are many ways of honoring this great man and one of them is when ever we are making a tough decision or about to yell and scream think in your head "What would Papa do?" I encourage you to use the hastags #WhatWouldPapaDo #WhatWouldHamidDo if you have the chance to rethink your reaction or response to a challenging situation.
Papa has always been my biggest fan and so supportive of Team Ezra and Angel City Sports, our new non-profit that creates sports programming for kids, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities like me. He attended both days of the Angel City Games last year, cheering on all of the athletes.
Given this, we decided to create a Hamid Soomekh Sportsmanship Award, which will be awarded at the 2nd Annual Angel City Games, July 7-10, 2016 at UCLA. lf you would to support our new organization Angel City Sports in Papa's honor click here.