As the sun shone overhead and warm breeze passed through, over 250 people gathered at Nicholl Park this past Saturday to celebrate the 10th annual TK Day. The day of music, sports, and togetherness, organized by the Terrence Kelly Youth Foundation (TKYF), served as an homage to the memory of Terrence Kelly, a young man who was killed in 2004 just two days before he was to attend University of Oregon on a scholarship.
A tribute to his legacy as an exceptional athlete and avid music fan, the community festival was full of kids tossing footballs, live musical performances, and family-friendly entertainment. Vendors had tables offering locally made beauty products and clothing, and even a photo booth was set up so guests could take pictures with the TKYF banner. Proceeds from the day went to benefit the programs of the TKYF, which provides programs for at-risk kids and teens to support education, nonviolence and self-empowerment.
Among the kids jumping in the bounce house, parents and friends dancing to music, and everyone enjoying food, the feeling of community at TK Day was palpable. Now in it's 10th year, this event is becoming an institution in Richmond. Promoting nonviolence and offering a day of family-oriented fun in the park, it is easy to see why people in Richmond turn to TK Day. From the turn out at this year's event, it seems clear that the TKYF will draw an even larger crowd next year.
Click here to learn more about the Terrence Kelly Youth Foundation and how to get involved.