Football teams to play charity games for injured player

Football teams to play charity games for injured Roane County player

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The Hardin Valley Hawks' season is over, but they were back out practicing Friday afternoon for the charity football game. The Hardin Valley Hawks' season is over, but they were back out practicing Friday afternoon for the charity football game.
Seth Haynes still has to wear a neck brace, but he's now allowed to eat soft food. He misses playing football and is excited for the double header in his honor. Seth Haynes still has to wear a neck brace, but he's now allowed to eat soft food. He misses playing football and is excited for the double header in his honor.
"We were fortunate to make it through the season with no catastrophic injuries, and we felt like this was an opportunity to give back to this family in a time of need, and we're excited about doing it," said Hardin Valley coach Wes Jones. "We were fortunate to make it through the season with no catastrophic injuries, and we felt like this was an opportunity to give back to this family in a time of need, and we're excited about doing it," said Hardin Valley coach Wes Jones.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The local high school football community is coming together in support of an injured player. Roane County sophomore Seth Haynes broke his neck during a game back on October 18. Saturday, four local teams will be playing to raise money for his family.

Seth still has to wear a neck brace, but he's now allowed to eat soft food. He misses playing football and is excited for the double header in his honor.

The Hardin Valley Hawks' season is over, but they were back out practicing Friday afternoon for the charity football game.

"We were fortunate to make it through the season with no catastrophic injuries, and we felt like this was an opportunity to give back to this family in a time of need, and we're excited about doing it," said Hardin Valley coach Wes Jones.

Players didn't have to take part in this game, but Jones says most of them chose to. 

"Obviously we're playing for a great cause, so that's what we've been looking forward to all week," said senior player Joseph Underwood.

The two games, part of the CAREacter Star Athlete Program, will be played at Grace Christian Academy.

"The students of Grace are going to volunteer their service to do everything from working the concession stand to cleaning the bathrooms. It's a great way for them to show their support for another student they've never met before," said Grace teacher Joel Sampsel.

Seth and his mother say the outpouring of community support has been overwhelming.

"It's felt good. It's helped me get through it, knowing people care about me," Seth said. 

"This reassures you there are good people in the world. It makes you feel good," said his mother, Tammie Haynes.

Tammie thinks insurance will pay for most, if not all of the medical bills. She says the money raised this weekend will be put into an account for whatever he needs in the future.

Seth hopes to return to school the first of December, though he will not be allowed to play football again.

The games are being held Saturday at Grace Christian Academy. Game one kicks off at 1 p.m. between West Greene and Bearden. Game two starts at 5 p.m. between William Blount and Hardin Valley. Tickets are $5 each and a short ceremony for Seth will take place on the field between games.

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