Field at Rhodes Jordan Park to be named Nick Blakely Field
At a public hearing on October 23, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announced the resolution to name the multi-purpose field at Rhodes Jordan Park the Nick Blakely Field.

     District 4 Commissioner John Heard presents the proclamation to Michelle Fields-Wilson, mother of Nick Blakely and Founder of Smiling Hearts, and members of the
     Lawrenceville Youth Association [L to R: Jamal Page, Tuwanna Davila, Fred Sutton Jr., Michelle Fields-Wilson, Doug Washington, John Heard]


LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - At a public hearing on October 23, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announced the resolution to name the multi-purpose field at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, GA the Nick Blakely Field. The proclamation was presented by District 4 Commissioner John Heard to Nick Blakely's mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson, and members of the Lawrenceville Youth Association (LYA), Jamal Page, Fred Sutton Jr., Doug Washington, and Tuwanna Davila.

Nick started playing football at the age of 6 with the Lawrenceville Youth Association on the fields of Rhodes Jordan Park. He spent his formative years there playing for the Black Knights until attending Archer High School. Nick's experiences with LYA helped prepare him for life both on and off the field, helping to shape his principles and goals in life. His family continues to be heavily involved with the organization and Nick's 8-year old nephew Landon became a Black Knight this fall. 

Dozens of local area parents and students attended the meeting on October 23 to vocalize their support of naming the field. Friends and family of Blakely were also on hand to witness the presentation. Two of Nick's former coaches were present and shared their thoughts. Jamal Page said of Nick, "In the short time he was here, he affected a lot of people young and old with his contagious smile and attitude; he was an all-around good kid." Doug Washington also added, "Nick has meant a lot to our community."

"What an honor and a blessing...my heart is full of love," said Fields-Wilson overwhelmed by the support. Smiling Hearts would like to especially thank Fred Sutton Jr. for kick-starting the renaming of the field to honor Nick. Also, we thank Tina Fleming, Community Services Director, for her support in requesting the proclamation from the BOC.

Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 E Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The field at Rhodes Jordan Park, which hosts several youth leagues, recently received some improvements as part of a $2.17 million conversion contract.

District 4 Commissioner John Heard presents the proclamation to Michelle Fields and members of the Lawrenceville Youth Association.



About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation