Funeral arrangements have been set for a former Grace Christian Academy football player, as his family makes plans to honor his legacy by helping others.
Will McKamey was a freshman cadet on the Navy football team when he collapsed during spring practice over the weekend. He remained in a coma until Tuesday evening, when he passed away. McKamey played football for Grace Christian Academy, where his father was coach.
The public can pay respects and sign a card for the family from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church on Monday, March 31. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. The burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, his family is asking people to donate to the new Live Like Will Foundation, which will support people with cerebral palsy. Those interested can send checks to Grace Baptist Church, 7171 Oak Ridge Hwy. Knoxville, TN 37931. Please write Live Like Will on the memo line.
In a statement, the McKameys said they "are overcome with the way everyone has rallied behind the #LIVELIKEWILL movement. Will was able to change the spirit of a community, a school, and several teams, without saying a word. His life was an inspiration to so many and we are thankful for the 19 years we had with him."
#LiveLikeWill was trending on twitter this week as friends, families, and even strangers paid tribute to the teen.