Thomas Dale High School in Chester held a dedication ceremony Thursday for a former student who was killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.
“Matt was under the radar type of guy. But I think he'd be very proud," said his father Greg Gwaltney. His dad is proud that his old high school in Chester has renamed the baseball field after his son.
“To honor a life that was cut short,” said Steve Davies, the Thomas Dale High School athletic director who helped organize the event.
Matt Gwaltney was a 24-year-old engineering grad student -- just a month away from graduation -- when he was killed during the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.
A 2001 graduate of Thomas Dale, he played baseball for four years as a pitcher.
“He was one of those players who was a role player. His devotion, his integrity, his sense of humor: he was always able to break the ice right before a big game,” said Davies.
The school revealed a brand-new scoreboard and improvements made to the field.
Gwaltney's parents say it was all made possible thanks to the community's support.
“Just being here and being a part of it and the phone calls and letters and cards have been overwhelming. We feel very privileged not only to be naming the field after Matt but also being a part of the community here at Thomas Dale,” said Greg Gwaltney.
If you'd like to donate to help improve facilities at Thomas Dale in Matt’s name, log on to the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation website and click on the Matt Gwaltney tab to donate or call 804-379-1551.
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