Key Points
  • UNCW men's soccer team and Olivia Knighton Foundation establish the Olivia Knighton Endowed Scholarship in memory of Olivia Grace Knighton, daughter of UNCW goalkeeper Brad Knighton '19 and Britney Eldridge-Knighton '07, who passed away in a boating accident at age 11 on July 19, 2023.
  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving UNCW men's soccer player to honor Olivia's passion and spirit, continuing the Seahawk tribute following the "Olivia's Game" event held at the UNCW Soccer Stadium in early September, which was attended by nearly 1,200 fans.
  • Brad and Britney Knighton express their gratitude for the opportunity to establish the scholarship at UNCW, stating that it is a fitting way to carry on Olivia's legacy, given her love for teal, soccer, and school.
  • UNCW head coach Aidan Heaney remarks that the endowed scholarship is a wonderful way to keep Olivia's memory alive and highlights her impactful presence in the lives of many people.
  • The Olivia Knighton Foundation, established on Olivia's 12th birthday, aims to honor her life by spreading light, love, and kindness and supporting causes important to Olivia, including children's welfare, protection of animals, and education.
  • The foundation's operating activities are overseen by Brad and Britney Knighton and a network of volunteers, managed by a Board of Directors, including Knighton and Heaney.