New athletic complex planned in memory of Grace Rett, star Holy Cross rower who died in crash

New athletic complex planned in memory of Grace Rett, Holy Cross rower killed in Florida crash

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The family of Grace Rett, a Holy Cross student who died in a crash while on a training trip with the school’s rowing team in Florida in January, spoke with the media for the first time this week.

They spoke as plans were discussed for the Grace Rett Athletic Complex and Education Center, to be housed at the Uxbridge grammar school that Grace attended.

"A glass walkway,” said Christopher Rett, Grace’s father. "It’ll be great to have people still learn about Grace and know Grace.”

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Months after Grace’s death, her family is grateful for the support and kindness of friends and family.

On Jan. 15, 2020, Grace was killed when her team’s van was in a tragic accident on a training trip in Florida. It was one day after her 20th birthday.

Support from her grammar school, high school and Holy Cross has been a lifeline to her family.

Her mother, Mary Jo Rett, told Boston 25 that they want to let everyone know that they appreciate their kindness since that fateful day.

“(This is) letting us be able to say to them thank you for that support, and that it’s meant the world to us, it’s kept us going,” she said.

This new gym planned in Grace’s memory will also help to keep them going.

It will be an addition to Our Lady of the Valley Grammar School.

“It makes us happy because she would be so thrilled to see this school getting what she always wanted to have,” Mary Jo Rett said.

Mary Jo added that a new gym here was always Grace’s dream. The school has raised some money but recently an anonymous and very generous donor stepped in. Call it an act of grace.

“First (he) had offered up to $500,000 and then after they heard about Grace and decided to name it after Grace they changed it to $1 million,” Mary Jo Rett said.

Fundraising continues. And this new complex which will bear Grace’s name will honor her legacy and be a place for future generations to learn and grow with grace.

Her sister, Brianne Rett, said: "It means everything to me, to my sister, to my whole family.”

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