Giving Back to Those That Helped in a Tragedy

Seth CarnahanMike Carnahan

Tragedy struck an Anderson County family eight years ago when their thirteen year old son lost his life, but through an amazing outpouring of support from his school, the family has continually given back to show their gratitude.

Seth Carnahan was a great student at Anderson County Middle School, playing hard in the school’s football program.  On August 1st, 2009, Seth lost his life while playing in the Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

According to his parents, Mike and Sherry Carnahan, the outpouring of support from the school was incredible. “The year that we lost Seth, he was on the [football] team.  They did some awesome things in his memory and his honor and continue doing things,” Mike said.

As a way of giving back, they have been hosting a memorial football game in their son’s honor for the past six years as a way to raise money to support the middle school’s football program.  According to Mike, the goal is to use land available behind the school to create a properly equipped football field, which will include bleachers, scoreboard, lighting and more.

Once they reach that goal, they would like to continue with the game to raise funds to build a multi purpose field house.  It will be situated so both the football and soccer teams can use it for locker rooms and will include weights for training.

Although the Carnahans have raised a significant amount during the past Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowls, they feel it is more than just a fundraiser.  “It keeps his name alive.  He is never forgotten,” Mike said.

Each year, they have continually seen an outpouring of support to help, with businesses and residents helping and donating.  “I would like to thank everybody in Anderson County,” Mike said.

The 6th Annual Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowl will be held on September 23rd at the Anderson County High School football field.  They will be accepting donations for sponsorships to have names and ads listed on t-shirts and programs for the event until September 9th.  For more information on how to donate or help, contact Mike or Sherry Carnahan at 502-600-1633.

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