Coach, nurse forever connected

Updated: May 19, 2009, 12:51 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

They planted a crape myrtle tree in front of the school for Eileen Bowden because it would grow purple blossoms, and she loved that color. As a nurse for the Santa Clara, Calif., schools, Bowden knew just about everybody in the district. She commuted an hour and a half each day to take care of 3,000 kids, to assure Bay Area babies, in her Jersey accent, that every scrape and sniffle would be OK. Despite all those connections, Bowden never really knew John Rahbar, the softball coach at Santa Clara ...

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