RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — The “Maddie Potts Memorial Field House” opened this morning at Chariho High School.
Maddie was 17-years-old and in her senior year at Chariho, when she died suddenly on the soccer field from an aneurism, back in 2017.
In just three years, the Maddie Potts Foundation and community raised more than $800,000 to build the 3,000 square foot facility at the school to help keep her legacy alive.
“The community helped my wife and I raise two incredible daughters, and I just think that’s why people want to live here,” Daniel Potts said.
Maddie’s father Daniel Potts was emotional as he remembered his daughter as someone who brought people together. He says she’s still doing so all these years later.
“It’s just like with the field house, you know, in her passing she was able to bring all these people together,” Daniel Potts said.
Maddie was an athlete, an artist, and described by loved ones as a born leader. And while her presence is missed, her legacy will forever line on in Wood River Junction.
“It’s bittersweet. Ultimately, no parent should have to consider putting their child’s name on a building, but if I was going to I can’t think of a better building to represent exactly who Maddie Potts was and will be remembered for generations,” Stephanie Potts said.
On Saturday, the inside of the field house was filled with photos of Maddie’s time at Chariho, from track to soccer, as well as photos of her time on the lacrosse field. One thing that will always stay hung up inside is Maddie’s jersey – Forever 11.
“I would much rather have my daughter here instead of her name on a building, so, but having that said, you know it’s an incredible honor, it really is, that her name’s on the building and it’ll be here forever,” Daniel Potts said.
If you would like to donate to the Maddie Potts Foundation, you can click here.