NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk's Marvin School held a ceremony Saturday to dedicate its softball field in honor of Isabella Icatar.
Isabella played softball for the NAA Daisies in the spring of 2010, the only year she would play. She was diagnosed with brain cancer and died in September 2012, at the age of 9.
"I didn't want Isabella to be forgotten," Isabella's dad, Roniel Icatar, told Daily Voice. "This field insures that her memory is going to live on long after we do, so I'm really grateful to everyone who made this happen."
Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling, City Council Members, Recreation & Parks Director Mike Mocciae, NAA Softball and members of the Icatar family all played a role in making the request to carry on the memory of an inspirational young girl a reality.
Future generations of girls playing softball will ask, “Who is Isabella?” and we will all be proud to share her memory, her family said in a statement.
"Isabella was a quiet girl who wanted to play softball just like her big sister," the statement said. "Isabella played with such determination and heart. She was a true teammate with an infectious smile; the kind of smile that could light up the darkest room."
Isabella was also a student at Marvin Elementary School, where "she loved to sing, dance and read," the statement said.
"Her battle with terminal illness inspired her classmates, teachers, and countless others in the community. Isabella inspired so many and the community is now blessed to have the field where she learned to play softball named in her honor."
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