Soccer field dedicated to EHS grad

COVINGTON - The life of Chase Cain will be celebrated with the dedication of a soccer field in his memory Saturday at the new Covington Family YMCA Outdoor Center.

Cain was an Eastside High School graduate, a dedicated volunteer for the YMCA and an avid soccer player who died in a 2004 car crash.

Those who knew him best say the Chase Cain Memorial Soccer Field, where children in the YMCA's soccer programs will play for years to come, is the perfect way to honor him.

Cain played on the Eastside High School soccer team, and played, coached and refereed for the YMCA's soccer program. He was also an afterschool counselor and teen representative for the YMCA's Board of Management.

"He took YMCA kids ... to watch high school soccer games. He went the extra mile to inspire them around the sport, and we felt like this was a real fitting way to honor him," YMCA Senior Program Director Louly Hay-Kapp said.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include prayer and music, and a ceremonial goal kick by Chase's father, Eddie Cain, a long-time volunteer for the YMCA.

"It's really nice to have him remembered like that. He was very involved with the YMCA and tried to make a difference," Eddie Cain said. "The YMCA is a great organization that needs all the support it can get and touches the lives of thousands of children in Newton County. This facility increases the opportunity to meet those needs."

At 9:30 a.m. what the YMCA is calling "memorial soccer games" will get under way.

The games will not be considered part of the soccer program's regular season but will be in celebration of the opening of three fields at the outdoor center, Hay-Kapp said.

Phase 1 of the project is mostly complete and youth sports will start there soon, she said.

The outdoor center is located on Stone Road off Ga. Highway 142. The ceremony is open to the public.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.