Drew Guyer always will be remembered by his family and friends, and now youth soccer teams will be reminded of him whenever they visit Wellington Community Park.
His parents stood with tears in their eyes Tuesday night as Village Council voted unanimously to name the green space as the Drew Guy Memorial Soccer Fields.
Applause broke out as Tom and Brandi Guyer were recognized by Mayor Hans Schneider following the vote.
“I’ve always said the community is what gives us strength,” Tom Guyer said. “People (believe) we’re so strong, but it’s moments like this that need to come back in the community. It needs to know this is how we go, this is what helps us.”
Drew was an eighth grader at McCormick Middle School in Wellington when he died unexpectedly in 2013.
The tragedy unfolded after a basketball game against Keystone. Afterward, Drew headed to a soccer open gym, where he later collapsed.
Doctors said he died of an undetected flaw that caused his coronary artery to fail.
The community rallied around the Guyers in their time of need, especially his basketball and soccer teammates. In return, his family established the Drew Guyer Memorial Foundation to give thousands of dollars to Dukes sports programs.
They continue to wear his jersey number, 13, and place two roses in Drew’s memory every Tuesday.
Village Manager Steve Dupee said new signage bearing Drew’s name will be installed at the park on Johns Street. Decisions about when and how they will look have yet to be made.