Friends, fans pray for injured Grace Christian football player

Friends, fans pray for injured Grace Christian football player

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Hundreds of friends and family members packed the gym to lend their support and well-wishes for Will McKamey. Hundreds of friends and family members packed the gym to lend their support and well-wishes for Will McKamey.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Family and friends took the time Sunday to pray for a Grace Christian Academy football player injured in Friday night's game.

Will McKamey was injured during the game against South Pittsburgh High School. The senior running back was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center after collapsing.

His father, the head coach for the Rams, said his son has a brain injury and will most likely be in the intensive care unit until Monday.

Grace Christian held a prayer meeting open to the public at 4:24 p.m. Sunday in the school's gym. The time was selected to represent the passage Acts 4:24. McKamey's jersey number is also 24.

Hundreds of friends and family members packed the gym to lend their support and well-wishes for McKamey.

"We're like a small town within ourselves,"said John Brewster, Grace Christian assistant football coach. "When a person is in need, that's a member of the church or school, we just rally around the family. It's amazing, I've never seen anything like that."

Friends, classmates and Will McKamey's family prayed and sent their best wishes.

The injury is still fresh in many minds.

"I didn't know what happened or who it was," said Trey Stewart, a senior at Grace Christian and McKamey's best friend."When I went over there, I saw it was Will. My heart just dropped."

Since Friday, the collective heart of everyone in the community seemed to drop as well. To many, McKamey is the type of kid everyone idolizes.

He is the captain of the football team and a candidate for valedictorian. McKamey committed in late September to play football at Navy.

"Will is such a great guy, he leads our team, he is the biggest leader on the team," said Cameron Kuerschen, McKamey's teammate.

McKamey has been texting and tweeting and using Facebook.

McKamey's father is hopeful that he will be able to play football again someday soon.

McKamey tweeted Sunday night, "Everyone at the prayer service. I appreciate everyone and everything you guys have done. I love all of you."

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