Mom asks for sneaker donations in honor of Trinity Gay
An organization is keeping the memory of Trinity Gay alive by giving back to others.
Gay, 15, was shot and killed at a Lexington restaurant in October 2016. Trinity Gay Incorporated was established to "pass the baton" and do good in the world.
The daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay and Shoshana Boyd, Trinity was born to run, proving herself to be a rising star on the Lafayette track team.
"She loved going to Lafayette," said Boyd. "She wanted to follow in her dad's footsteps."
Boyd said she wanted to honor her daughter and her love for running by donating new and gently used athletic shoes to people in developing countries.
"On days that we did Thanksgiving and stuff, she would spend half of the day going to feed the homeless and things," Boyd said. "So, I think she would love this. I think she would participate."
Since May 1, Trinity Gay Incorporated has collected more than 600 shoes. However, they haven't yet reached their goal.
"Our goal is 167 bags," Boyd said. "Each bag covers about 15 pairs of shoes. We have about 40 bags filled."
The sneaker drive was supposed to end June 1, but Boyd said they are extending it to June 9 in hopes of getting more shoes.
will take those donations, give them to people in need, and issue a check to Trinity Gay Incorporated. Boyd said that money will help them continue their mission to "inspire, educate, and prepare the youth to achieve excellence in academics, athletics, and in life."
Boyd said the sneaker drive is a great way to honor her daughter's memory and continue her legacy of loving others.
"I believe that giving back is the most important thing and for the reason of my daughter," Boyd said. "People donating just for her and for the person that she was."
If you would like to donate, you have until June 9. Donations can be dropped off in Lexington at John's Run/Walk Shops locations at 317 N Ashland Ave and 3735 Palomar Center Dr. #140. You can also drop off donations at CSGA located at 2620 Wilhite Drive.
On June 9, the 2nd Annual Trinity Gay Memorial Classic hosted by Lexington Blazin' Cats Track Club will take place at Henry Clay High School. People ages five to 18 years old are asked to participate and run for Trinity. There will be a raffle for many prizes including a 50 inch 4K TV.
To learn more about Trinity Gay Incorporated,