“When the unveiling happens there will be tears of joy,” says Mark Prince OBE.
“His mum (Tracy), I haven’t seen her that happy since the day we lost our son. Even just sharing the news with her she was over the moon and so excited.”
For Mark Prince and his family the last 13 years have consisted of a lot of pain, anguish and hurt after their son, Kiyan, was taken away from them in the most tragic of circumstances on May 18, 2006.
Kiyan was just 15 when he was when he was stabbed to death outside his school in Edgware after trying to break up a fight.
The QPR youth prospect was highly regarded at Loftus Road and tipped for big things when he eventually turned professional – sadly that day never came.
In the aftermath of Kiyan’s death, Mark’s mind understandably overwhelmed with feelings of anger, anguish and revenge.
But he quickly turned his attention towards helping others and granting himself peace in his life.
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Prince set up ‘The Kiyan Prince Foundation’ in memory of his late son, using motivational speaking and boxing training to engage with young people about knife and gang crime.
The former boxer also incredibly made a return to the ring at 44, having four fights along the way.
And after years of tireless campaigning, Prince, who has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry, was awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace back in March.
Receiving such news is bound to have been one of the most surreal moments of his life to date.
However, nothing would have come close to when Prince got the call to notify him that QPR’s stadium would be renamed Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Back in April, the Championship side announced their intention to gift the naming rights of the ground to a charity.
A shortlist of five charities were drawn up, with supporters asked to vote for their preference.
The Kiyan Prince Foundation was the overall winner, with more than 63% of votes.
Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC Two on Friday, Prince expressed his joy: “It is something massive for the whole family and for everyone that loved Kiyan, supported him and was looking forward to him playing in the Premiership and Championship with QPR.
“I am still trying to get my head around the fact it is actually happening. There are no words that can really describe it.
“I see Kiyan Prince Foundation and QPR on the same top and I think ‘wow’.”
On Saturday the official unveiling of Kiyan Prince Foundation takes place, with Mark opening the stadium at the main reception on South Africa Road, before a number of other matchday activities follow on what is sure to be an emotional day for everyone connected to the club.
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