VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team will be holding its annual "Nancy Kelly Game" on Saturday as it hosts Washington and Lee for a 12 p.m. tilt. The game was originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. start has been pushed forward two hours due to impending snow coming to the Virginia area.
This will be the second year the women's basketball team, as well as the VWU community, will be honoring past player, Nancy Kelly, after she tragically lost her life in a car accident in 2016.
"Nancy's passion and leadership made her invaluable to the team and was what earned her the title as one of our captains," mentioned head coach Stephany Dunmyer. "She wasn't always necessarily the best player on the court, but she was always an incredible teammate."
A four-year varsity letter winner for the Marlins, Kelly was a part of some of the program's top moments. Her senior year, the Phoenix, Md. native hit the final two baskets in the ODAC Championship game to seal VWU's first ever conference title. She was also named ODAC Player of the Week twice during her career.
It wasn't just on the hardwood where she excelled though. Kelly was also an excellent student who was a part of numerous Honor's Societies and community service activities. Her hard work and dedication to learning led Kelly to getting accepted to the East Virginia Medical School in just her sophomore year as well.
"Nancy lit up the room everywhere she went," said Dunmyer.
And that was exemplified by the quote she lived by: "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."
Virginia Donate Life as well as Lifenet Health will be at the game accepting signatures for people who wish to become organ donors. Kelly was a tremendous advocate of organ donation as she was an active donor at the time of her passing.