Kicking It for Kristjan: Paying tribute to a fellow soccer player

Above, some participants take a break from the action at the Kicking It for Kristjan fund-raiser at the Boys & Girls Club in Shelton that was organized to remember their soccer colleague, 15-year-old Kristjan Ndoj, who died in late March. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Kristjan Ndoj, a Shelton High School sophomore, had played in the Boys & Girls Club’s winter high school soccer league. It was a sport he loved and excelled at, his family members have said.

Kristjan Ndoj died March 20 from gunshots suffered five days earlier in a driveway in Shelton’s Pine Rock neighborhood. Police still are investigating the crime.

Funds to help Kristjan's family

The event on Saturday, April 5 raised money for the Ndoj family. It was organized by parents and his fellow young soccer players as a way to help the family and pay tribute to Kristen Ndoj.

The many dozens of youngsters who participated played continuous short games throughout the day. Participants purchased Kicking It for Kristjan T-shirts and made other voluntary donations. Food items, such as baked goods, water and pizza, were sold at the site to raise money as well.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley is located just off Howe Avenue in the northern part of downtown Shelton.