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eBuzz: Parks and Rec responds to soccer death
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Nick Izard, the man injured while playing soccer at the Rec Center, has died.
Teton County Parks and Recreation has issued a press release concerning the grave injury sustained by Nick Izard during an indoor co-ed soccer game on December 13. At approximately 9 p.m., Izard struck a wall and was knocked unconscious. Rec staff witnessed the accident and called 9-1-1. Help arrived within four minutes, according to Parks and Rec Director Steve Ashworth.
Izard was stabilized and transported to St John’s Medical Center. He was later flown to EIRMC in Idaho Falls where he remained on life support with severe brain damage until his parents could arrive.
“We are deeply saddened, and our hearts go out to Nick’s wife, Sasha, his daughter and other family members and friends at this very sad time,” Ashworth said in a prepared statement. “Recreational sports have inherent risk associated with them; however we never expect something like this to happen. We take the safety of our all program participants extremely serious, and continually strive to offer safe opportunities.
“Our staff continues to communicate with Nick’s friends and family, as well as the indoor soccer community in trying to understand and come to grips with this terrible accident. The indoor soccer league play has been suspended through the end of the year, as we discuss with players their desire to continue, as well as evaluate the program as a whole.”
The Cornerstone Church in Wilson has set up a fund for the family. They are also organizing a memorial service for Izard at the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
Photo: Nick Izard with his wife Sasha and daughter Cheyanne (Ariel McGlothin)