The memory of slain 18-year-old Richmond football star Terrance Kelly will be alive and well at the Century Theatre in Hilltop on Friday, when the movie that depicts his killing 10 years ago will hit theaters nationwide.
The family of Kelly, who was tragically shot to death just two days before departing for the University of Oregon, where he had earned an athletic scholarship, are inviting the public to watch the film — When The Game Stands Tall — alongside them at the Hilltop theater at 6:45 p.m.
“We would like to enter the theater as #OneCommunity,” the family posted on Facebook.
The movie starts at 7:15 p.m.
The film is an adaption of a 2003 book about the 151-game win streak by De La Salle, where Kelly played.
“We cried the first half of the movie. … There are a lot of parts in that first half that have to do with Terrance,” Landrin, Terrance’s father, told the news organization. “Just to see him on the big screen and how well they portrayed him, and then what really inspired me, they put the funeral in there. I think they did a really good job with that, too.”
Kelly was born April 23, 1986 in Oakland and was raised in Richmond, where he attended St. Cornelius and St. David’s Elementary School. He graduated in June 2004 from De La Salle, where he never lost a football game and accepted a scholarship to the University of Oregon. Although he was not involved in drugs or gangs, he was shot and killed in Richmond by a 15-year-old boy while waiting in his car to pick up a friend.
Following his death, Kelly’s father Landrin Kelly created the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation (T.K.Y.F.), which provides community outreach for youths from ages 5 through 17 through a variety of programs. Visit the foundation’s website for more information, or simply attend TK Day!