A St. Vital park was renamed Friday in honour of a deserving coach and mentor with a love for the game.
Riccardo De Thomasis, 34, passed away in April after a three-year battle with cancer.
Riccardo De Thomasis Park, formerly known as Ashworth Park, is located adjacent to Ecole Julie Riel in St. Vital and contains a full size soccer pitch and several mini-soccer pitches on site.
“As a coach and a dedicated volunteer, Riccardo De Thomasis made a tremendous difference in the lives of many young Winnipeggers and their families,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “I hope that Riccardo’s legacy and his love of the sport will continue to inspire all who play in this park.”
De Thomasis received the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award last year for his contribution to youth recreation in Winnipeg.
He coached child, youth, and adult soccer for 17 years, while also running the Winnipeg Indoor Mini Soccer League. The mini soccer program begins its 20th season tonight.