ORLANDO, FL. (KTVI)--Sports can seem rather insignificant in the midst of tragedy. It's a reality St. Louis Native and Orlando City SC team administrator Erik Ustruck is experiencing first hand.
"It’s devastating. It's a devastating blow to the community as a whole but I think right now it's important for us to unite and come together to show our support for the victims, their families and friends." said Ustruck.
Ustruck graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 2003 and went on to have a storied collegiate career at Santa Clara. After graduation he was drafted by Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo. Ustruck won an MLS Cup with the club his rookie season.
When his professional career in Orlando ended, Ustruck took a front office job with the club. A job that now includes helping his community heal.
"We want to show our strength and resilience to anything like this for anything this traumatic and tragic." added Ustruck.
With the images of Sunday's attack seared into souls worldwide, Ustruck believes the strength moving forward will come from staying together as a community.
"I think it's really important that we show the rest of the country and the rest of the world that we won't be broken. I think it's important to show our unity back home in St. Louis and it's important that people try and help anyway possible." said Ustruck.