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‘Nay’s Place’: basketball courts in area dedicated to teenage athlete killed in crash

A town in the Capital District pays tribute to a young athlete who died just months after graduating from high school.

Schenectady High School alumnus Naylon “Nay” Carrington was killed in a car accident in October 2020 at the age of 18, relatives say.

Shortly after, relatives started a petition on Change.org asking Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and the city council to rename the Central Park basketball court in his honor.

Carrington spent hours playing on the court, “improving his game and gaining mental and physical clarity,” said Jerome Steele, the petition organizer.

“He was hanging out with friends and teammates to practice and play pick-up games, all in hopes of gaining more experience and strengthening his craft,” Steele said. “While doing this, extend positive energy and encouragement to those asking for or needing help.”

After nearly 1,700 people signed the petition, the City of Schenectady granted their request and renamed the courthouse in Carrington’s honor.

Dozens of friends and relatives – as well as Mayor McCarthy – were on hand for the official dedication ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, on what would have been Carrington’s 20th anniversary.

A commemorative sign attached to the chain-link fence of the basketball court reads, in part:

“In recognition of a dynamic athlete and exceptional student who excelled in the classroom. Naylon Carrington leaves a legacy of integrity, hard work, sacrifice and faith for other young people who strive here at Schenectady and beyond.”

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