NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Johnny Fields was only 25 years old when he died in a car crash. Now, his family is working to keep his name alive.
“He passed away on July 1, 2017… It was raining really bad, and he ran into a toll booth,” said Ashley Fink, Johnny’s sister.
June 15 will be the first John G. Fields Scholarship Football Camp.
His sister said the idea to start a camp in his name stems from his love of football.
“He was a well-known person, and it just came to me in a dream, that I needed to keep his name alive. And, football is the one way how to keep his name alive,” Fink said.
Johnny played sports in high school and even after he graduated. His family still remembers how kind and caring he was.
“There’s a lot of good memories that we have with him… Everybody I talked to about the camp, their biggest thing to say about my brother was, he was a very kind-hearted person. It didn’t matter who they were, and he would always talk to them,” Fink said.
The camp is open to students from 3rd grade to 12th grade, from any school district. There is a $10 fee, and money raised will go toward a scholarship for a football player from Johnny’s high school, New Castle Senior High.
Johnny’s mom, Terri Fields, said the scholarship winner may not be one of the best players, but the person would have to have a “big heart” like Johnny.
Some of Johnny’s old coaches and teammates will be volunteering at the camp.
It will be held at Taggart Stadium, where he used to play. It will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There is still time to sign up for the camp. To sign up, call 724-301-2394.