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Tarkington Park multipurpose field officially named after Coach Nell

Posted at 6:45 PM, Apr 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-18 16:00:13-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Today, Mayor Hogsett joined Indy Parks and the city-county council to officially announce the name of the multipurpose field at Tarkington Park as The Richard "Coach Nell" Hamilton field after Coach Nell, who was killed in a road rage incident earlier this year.

In March, the Indy Park Board approved the name change after Coach Nell upon its completion in 2025.

The board meeting was filled with heartfelt testimony from family, friends and collegues, who asked the board to vote yes.

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Coach Nell mentored thousands of Indy's youth dating back to 2005 through his Indy Steelers Football team and his Tarkington Teen Work Crew program.

On January 11, Coach Nell was shot and killed while exiting I-65 at County Line Road during a road rage incident.

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Shortly before his death, a $3 million investment to Tarkington Park was announced through the Lily Endowment Fund.

"Coach Nell's Legacy lives on through the thousands of football players he coached throughout the years, and now will be remembered during each game played on the field," Indy Park said.