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Schenectady dedicates Central Park basketball courts in honor of deceased alumnus

The city of Schenectady pays tribute to a model student-athlete who died too young.

On what would have been Naylon Carrington’s 20th birthday, people gathered in Schenectady’s Central Park on Wednesday, where the basketball courts were dedicated in his honor.

Carrington loved basketball and worked tirelessly to perfect his game. He died in a tragic car accident in 2020, months after graduating from Schenectady High.

According to media reports, Carrington, then 18, was a passenger in a car that ran a red light and hit a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Union Street and Route 7 in Niskayuna. Two other people in the vehicle were not seriously injured. Carrington was taken to Ellis Hospital where he died of his injuries.

City Council President Marion Porterfield said Carrington was passionate.

“He was a real inspiration to other young people, so being here today to commemorate his name and carry on his memory, I think it’s important for young people to know that, you know, if there’s has something you want to do, put it all in there and you can be successful,” Porterfield said.

Schenectady High Varsity basketball coach John Miller said Carrington “leaves his legacy” on the basketball program.

“Naylon was inspirational in the sense that he often heard the word ‘no,'” Miller said. “And that didn’t stop him from working and trying to achieve one of his major goals, which of course was to be on the basketball team and to be involved in a program that he loved being a part of. And when it came time, you know, I got thanks from people for keeping him on the team and things like that. I didn’t do anything. He completely earned it on his own And I think that’s just a testament to his work ethic experience with him, and I’m grateful to have had that.

Thomas Carrington says it was hard losing his son.

“He had a bright future ahead of him,” Carrington said. “So seeing all this love and support for my family is a joy forever and [I’m] grateful. He was a special child, he encouraged many of his peers not to accept the “no” and to always follow their dreams. I have always taught my children not to give up and to one day pursue their dreams. It was Naylon’s favorite ground to play. He loved the ball. He was always like, “Dad, I’m going to CP,” which is the courts in Central Park. These courts meant a lot to him. He trained every day here. And now these courts would be a fixture in my son’s life.”

Mayor Gary McCarthy said Carrington was “an honor roll student and admired by his teachers and coaches.” McCarthy officially named the basketball courts “Nay’s Place”.

“While Naylon’s diligence, dedication and perseverance can serve as a role model for the youth of Schenectady as they play ball on the same courts that Naylon developed his game in his commitment to this community, here on the basketball courts. of Central Park. Now therefore, I Gary McCarthy, Mayor of the City of Schenectady, hereby proclaim June 22, 2022 Naylon Carrington Day in the City of Schenectady and posthumously recognize him for his dedication and leadership to this community said McCarthy.

Pictures of Carrington hang on fences surrounding the courts. McCarthy presented the proclamation to Carrington’s mother, Sondra Banks.