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Funeral today for Creekside assistant basketball coach Alicia Gladden

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Updated: 4/26/2013 5:43 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Alicia Gladden's family and friends gathered at the Orange Park Christian Center to pay their respects to a woman who touched so many lives both on and off the court.

Gladden's nickname was "Ice", a name she earned for her smooth playing style.

Gladden was a four-year starter at Florida State University and is the only Seminole to capture ACC all-defensive team honors three times.

After graduating from FSU she played professionally in Poland, Luxembourg, Romania and Serbia.

"She was the kindest person in the world her smile would light up the room," said Patrece Albertie, a friend.

A week ago today, Gladden, 27, was killed when she was hit by a suspected drunk driver on her way back home after coaching a basketball game with the Creekside High Lady Knights.

"She poured into them, not only as basketball players, but as people and that's certainly the gift and the thing that we'll miss most about her," said Paula Williams, coach of the Creekside High Lady Knights.

The entire Lady Knights basketball team attended the memorial service.

According to Williams while she may be gone she won't be forgotten.

"She gave us her gift of her life and the gifts that God had given her, she had given us and we can go and give that to other people," said Williams.

Former college roommate Patrece Albertie says she was a great athlete but an even better person.

"She was a true friend," said Albertie.

According to Williams, the Lady Knights plan on having a tribute for Gladden put on their uniforms next year.

A donation fund has been set up to help the Gladden family with funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the Alicia Gladden Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo branch.
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