ALTO, TX (KTRE) - It's almost been a year since his passing and the memory of Alto's Cam'ron Matthews has no intentions of fading anytime soon.
On Wednesday, Alto ISD made sure Cam'ron's legacy will be remembered for years to come by commemorating his life in a special way. No longer named Yellowjacket Stadium, Alto's football field is now named Cam'ron Matthews Field.
Renaming the field after Cam'ron is a project that's been in the works at the school since he passed away. The new iron crossing that reads 'Cam'Ron Matthews Field' over the entrance was unveiled as a surprise to Cam'Ron's family.
For his father, Ronnie Matthews, it's a perfect sentiment of Cam'Ron's life and the sport he loved to play more than anything.
"I know Cam would be looking down smiling and saying 'Daddy, I told you. I'm Cam.' He always wanted to let me know he was his own person. To see this right here, goes to show he was and he is a special kid," said Ronnie. "I think he's deserving of it and we're just thankful as a family that we could see something like this. To know every time we come into the stadium, we can look up and see our son's name on it, that's special."
"If your young child could turn out to be like Cam'Ron, you've been successful," said Alto superintendent Kerry Birdwell. "He was so respectful, he was so even-keeled, consistent, and you never had to guess what you were going to get. He was just a great kid and a phenomenal athlete on top of that. When you're coaching, he's a coach's dream to have out there on the field. He was just a great kid."
Since Cam'Ron's passing, his organs have been donated and have saved six lives.