A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to commemorate the new sports complex, which is named in honor of the late Matthew McIntyre.
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- Sandy McGee
Friday, September 24, 2010
Boys Town New England celebrated the opening of the Matthew McIntyre Memorial Sports Complex on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bazarsky Campus in Portsmouth. The sports complex at 58 Flanagan Road is named in honor of Matthew McIntyre, who died tragically in an accident on June 20, 2008, at the age of 9. Both Matthew's adoptive mother and father, Paul and Denise McIntyre, stood by to watch the complex named in honor of their son come to fruition. "It (this sports complex) means a lot," said Paul McIntyre. "It's great to see all this hard work. "Matthew was a kid who liked to spend time outside. I'm sure he's looking down today, smiling and saying this is fantastic." The McIntyres adopted Matthew in 2003. The boy was full …
Boys Town New England's new sports complex will be a memorable addition to the Bazarsky Campus, but not as unforgettable as the boy it was named after.
Matthew McIntyre was a little boy who, despite having endured years of severe abuse, somehow managed to make everyone he came in contact with feel as if they were the most important person in the room. Such was how his adoptive mother, Denise McIntyre, described her son, who died tragically in an accident at the McIntyre home in Cranston just two short years ago on June 20, 2008, at the age of nine. His spirit and his generous nature will live on, however, in the construction of a new outdoor sports complex at the Boys Town New England Bazarsky Campus in Portsmouth. For those of you unfamiliar with the iconic history of Father Flanagan and Boys Town, the organization was founded nearly a century ago to be a sanctuary for …