Many athletes balancing school, sports and parents serving in the military

Updated: March 13, 2009, 6:16 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPNRISE.com

Soccer practice started out just like any other for Melyssa Haubenstricker. She congregated on the field with her Meade (Ft. Meade, Md.) teammates and started to stretch.

Then all of a sudden from the corner of her eye, Haubenstricker noticed her father walking toward the field. He was wearing sunglasses and appeared to have a serious look on his face.

When he told his daughter to come over for a talk, her heart sank. Haubenstricker's mother, Valerie, had been deployed ...

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