Kingston church hosts benefit concert for Seth Haynes

(WBIR - Kingston) A community continues to show support a high school football player hurt during a tackle on the field.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church was filled with music Friday night as a way to raise money for the family of Seth Haynes.

Haynes is the Roane County High School sophomore football player who suffered a broken neck in October during a Friday night football game.

Among the many musical performers was the Christian praise band Common Clay.

Many of the people who attended the concert benefit said they do not know the Haynes Family personally.

"I don't know the family that well. In fact, it was people in our church who just kind of stood up and said 'Hey, we want to be a part of this family's life. We want to help them, even though they're not members here,'" said Cedar Grove Baptist Church's senior pastor Phillip Martin.

"I had never met Seth. I was actually visiting with a friend down in Kingston and he was sharing with me he spoke with Seth's mom and it just went from there," said event organizer, Tony Ruff.

Haynes and several of his relatives were sitting in the second row during the concert. He said he appreciates the outpouring of support from friends and strangers following his injury.

"It feels good. It's helping me get through it. To be honest, all the people coming together for me just makes me feel a whole lot better," said Haynes.

Legendary Vols football player and inspirational speaker, Inky Johnson, was also featured at the benefit concert. Johnson also suffered an injury on the field that ended his playing career.


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