This June would have been the year James Metz graduated from high school. His vibrant energy and big personality are instead fondly remembered by his family and friends.
James died much too young when the small plane he was riding in collided with another in midair. He was 14-years-old.
Since that tragic moment, loved ones banded with their tight-knit community to make a big difference in his memory.
The basketball courts in a park near where James grew up are adorned in blue – James’ favorite color. That’s because James’ younger brother, Donovan, worked to restore the courts in his honor, along with hundreds of others.
Although it was a major undertaking to refurbish the courts in Keysa Park, his family continue to push to keep James’ legacy alive. Their goal is to pass along James’ passion for love and his kindness for others.SLXLM
“The James Metz scholarship will go to a future student who is involved in music and athletics,” says James’ cousin, Nora Gregoire.
Th 2018 scholarship is $5,000 to one graduating senior in honor of James’ graduating year.
Gregoire holds back tears when asked what the show of support means to both her and her family, “We just really miss James, and we know all we’ve been doing to better his community would mean so much to him.”
The 4th Annual James Metz Memorial 5K is taking place on Saturday, June 16th. To learn more about participating, click here.
To learn more about the scholarship fund in honor of James Metz, you can click here.