Students at New Canaan Country School were greeted with a new basketball court on their first day of school Wednesday. The new area, called Kyle's Court, was redone in honor of Kyle Markes, an 11-year-old from Stamford who attended the school through fifth grade before dying of leukemia last Christmas Eve.
Known as an outgoing, funny kid who was dubbed "The Mayor" of Yale-New Haven Hospital during his extensive treatments there, Kyle was a larger-than-life personality at the small school. And the idea of honoring him with a permanent memorial in the form of a basketball court was a no-brainer, according to Kirsten Rosolen, the head of middle school.
"We thought that this was a perfect way to remember him," Rosolen said. "I thought we could capture his spirit and that this would be a really good place to gather as a community. He loved to have fun -- and laughing and having fun with friends and playing basketball were all important to him while he was at school here. So we thought this was a great way to remember his optimism, his spirit and his love of basketball."