A Roxboro family is turning their pain into action after the loss of their 12-year-old son.
Days after Aviyon Partridge drowned in an accident at Hyco Lake, his mother, Tanillya, created a GoFundMe account to raise funds to build a sportsplex to honor his memory.
The goal is a big one. The family hopes to raise $250,000 to build Aviyon’s Athletic Foundation.
The family envisions a one-stop shop sportsplex that will offer all youth a place to build athletic skills, play basketball, swim, develop life skills, have mentoring and anti-bullying programs year-round and a major focus on advocating for swim safety awareness and drowning prevention.
“We are calling it a foundation because we just want to help everybody,” said Partridge.
So far, about $935 has been raised.
Partridge hopes to turn this dream into a reality by next year.
“My dream is to have it open no later than his one-year anniversary, which will be next Memorial Day. So, I am really pushing really hard,” said Partridge.
Partridge is determined to keep pressing and pushing toward this goal, with plans to start doing activities with the youth now and a 501(c)(3).
“I am working on a 501(c)(3) and by then I am looking at other sources,” said Partridge.
Aviyon stood at 6’4”, excelling in basketball, baseball and football and even had dreams of playing in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors.
“If he can help save another life by offering fundamental living skills, and a recreational facility to help keep these kids out the judicial system and offer hope for a brighter future, he will live on,” said Partridge in the GoFundMe campaign post.
Those interested in donating to the GoFundMe campaign supporting Aviyon’s Athletic Foundation can find it at gf.me/u/s6wxt6 or https://aviyonsathleticfoundation.org.