Field dedicated in honor of Kelley Swanson


The home of Titan soccer is now known as Swanson Field.

T. C. Williams Athletic Director Kerry Donley unveiled the new scoreboard sign on Tuesday before the Titan girls soccer teams final home game of the year. City Council approved the na

me for the field in March.

We are humbled and grateful for this honor, said Sandee Swanson. The sign of a true community is when it cares enough about its young people to provide quality places for them to play.

Swanson, a former president of the Alexander Soccer Association and a soccer coach, is not the only member of the family who is involved in Alexandria soccer. His twin daughters, Kelley and Katie, both played for the Titans. Kelley died of a bacterial infection just after her graduation from T.C. in 2005.

There is not a day that goes by without my thinking of Kelley, said T.C. girls soccer coach Emily Porterfield. It is absolutely fitting that the girls will play on a field that has been named in her familys honor.

The Swanson family also has an organization dedicated to keeping Kelleys memory alive. The Kelley Cares Foundation will sponsor the second annual Kelley Cares Walk/Run on June 2. Money from last years event paid for a multisensory room for the citys therapeutic recreation program.

This year, we hope to raise enough money to purchase a mobile multisensory room, said Lindsey Swanson. That will allow us to offer this special program to adults and children with disabilities throughout the city.