SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - Adonica Ferguson impacted many students lives as a guidance counselor and track coach at Smiths Station High School. Now even after she is gone, her name will continue to impact the youth here in Smiths Station.
On Saturday, the city unveiled two brand new basketball courts inside their athletic complex.
"It means to me that her work was not in vein," said Adonica's mother Joyce Anderson. Adonica Ferguson's passion was working with children, she helped seniors at Smiths Station plan the next step in their lives and also helped mold the youth as a track coach.
"It is a great meaning. It is all for the kids, it is pretty much what she instilled in the town and the city. She made a pretty big impact before she left and the kids can come out here and play basketball. It is nice seeing her name over the court," said Adonica's son Chandler.
Although Adonica her self was not a basketball player, athletics was always a big part of her life and her son Chandler plays at Auburn Montgomery. He says growing up he would often times have to either travel to Columbus or wait to get on courts inside at a local YMCA.
"This is the first time basketball courts have been put in Smiths Station. That is why its such a really big meaning for it. It is so cool to see kids out here playing," said Chandler.
Her mother is thankful that Adonica's hard work and dedication to the youth in Smiths Station was recognized, "To have this memorial and this basketball court out here named after my daughter it gives me a pleasure to say, thank you to Smiths Station."