Flag Football Tournament in Honor of Matthew Richards

Flag Football Tournament in Honor of Matthew Richards

On Friday, dozens of people huddled up to remember a man's life that was taken to soon.
Football is an American tradition for many families around Thanksgiving.

On Friday, dozens of people huddled up to remember a man's life that was taken to soon.

"Before my husband passed away, he asked that we do a flag football tournament for the Center for Youth," said Jill Richards, Matthew Richards' wife.

After a five-year battle with cancer, Mayor Tom Richards' son, Matthew, died in September.

On Friday, it was all about celebrating Matt's life with some good old fashion flag football for both the adults and kids.

"It's a nice way to celebrate Matthew and all the kids that are still here and doing their thing so we are very pleased do to it that way. It's a happy occasion.We like it to be happy," said Mayor Tom Richards.

"Matt was a very loved person and I think a lot of his friends and family just turned up to show their love and support for the family and their love and support for Matt," said Daniel George, Matthew's brother-in-law.

The Center for Youth meant a lot to Matt. He was a tutor for kids in the city. Matt's family says this tournament is just the start of a new Thanksgiving tradition.

"It's a great testament to who Matt was and this will become an annual thing, and we are looking forward to the rest of the weekend," said George.

"It's just starting. I think over the years we will try to continue it each year and give back to the Center for Youth. A place that Matt really enjoyed being and working and giving back to the community," said Jill Richards.

Did Mayor Richards play football?

"No! My football days are behind me! My football days are behind me...I intend to walk out of here."

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