Jack Yates High School renaming football field to honor George Floyd

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HOUSTON – A high school football field at Jack Yates High School will be renamed in honor of George Floyd on Thursday.

The field has been renamed to “George Perry Floyd Jr. Athletic Community Field” during a renaming ceremony at the field.

Friends and family members of Floyd along with Jack Yates High School alumni, and Houston City Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, a proud graduate herself, also attended the ceremony.

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This is the beginning of something new, something great to commemorate our brother, George Perry Floyd,” Evans-Shabazz said. “[George Floyd] made the ultimate sacrifice, thus he will never be forgotten, and this field is the best example.”

The school also received several donations including artificial turf from the Houston Texans, similar to what is used at NRG Stadium. They are hoping to raise $600,000 to finish several projects within the football field.

Houston Independent School District unanimously approved the name change last month after a board meeting that included students, parents, alumni and community members who voted to suggest the name change.

Floyd attended Yates High School where he also played football and grew up in the Third Ward neighborhood, according to HISD in a news release.

You can watch the full ceremony below:

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