Joan Kelly Soccer Field Dedication |

Joan Kelly Soccer Field Dedication

On Saturday, members of the community are invited to attend the dedication of a soccer field at River View Sports Park to the memory of Truckee resident Joan Kelly.

Kelly was killed in March 2002 outside the Brockway Theater in Kings Beach. While walking into the theater with her husband Kit and son Kyle, Kelly was struck head-on by a truck that had driven up onto the sidewalk and crashed into the theater. Kit and Kyle escaped the accident with various injuries, but Joan was killed instantly.

At the time of her death, Kelly had been a Truckee resident for 22 years and was very active in the community. While raising three sons, Kelly got deeply involved in the local American Youth Soccer Organization along with other community groups.

“I was a close friend of hers and I know how much soccer meant to her,” said friend Debby Echenique. “She took it one step beyond the normal soccer-mom thing. She was very involved.”

This year AYSO had the opportunity to name one of the new soccer fields at River View Park after one of their volunteers, and they chose Kelly.

“She was special enough and she was inspiring to a lot of people. Her dedication represents what we all still do for kids in this town,” said AYSO representative Linda Adams.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the River View Sports Park soccer fields located at 12304 Joerger Drive. All members of the community are welcome to attend. There will be a short ceremony followed by light refreshments.

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