Keith School to dedicate soccer scoreboard Oct. 1 in memory of student who died after battle with leukemia
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Rockford’s Keith Country Day School will honor and remember former student Mitchell Oliveira with the dedication of a new soccer scoreboard at around noon, Saturday, Oct. 1.
Described by his former teachers as “inspiring, the ultimate competitor and brave,” Mitchell Oliveira died in the spring of 2011 after a nine-year battle with leukemia. He was in seventh grade and enjoyed playing soccer, attending school and keeping a positive attitude.
Soccer has always been a big part of the Oliveira family. Mitchell’s dad, Rillo, played professionally and has been coaching at Keith for eight years, including in 2009 when the Cougars advanced to the Class 1A State Finals.
Head of School Alan Gibby, Athletic Director Rob Nunez and Mitchell’s father and varsity soccer coach Rillo Oliveira will lead a ceremony that will include Mitchell’s family, former classmates, teachers and several students from Keith.
The dedication will be on the soccer field at Keith Country Day School between the annual alumni game (11 a.m. start) and the varsity contest against North Shore Country Day School (1 p.m.).
Keith Country Day School is at 1 Jacoby Place, Rockford.
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