(WBIR-Knoxville) The 2nd Annual Careacter Star Community Service Football game benefited an injured Kingston football player.
It has been three weeks since Seth Haynes, a sophomore at Roane County High School, broke his neck during a tackle. Doctors at UT Medical Center said he was millimeters away from paralysis, or even death.
Since that injury, Haynes has experienced widespread support.
"If you're a football player, you're a football player, you're a football player. It doesn't matter who you're playing for," said Peggy Harris, who attended the first game on Saturday afternoon.
"It seems to be sinking in just a little bit more now, you know, what he's going to have to go through and not being able to play football anymore. But I think all and all, day by day, it's starting to get a little bit better," said Tammie Haynes, Seth's mother.
Grace Christian Academy hosted the Careacter Star Community Service Football game. West Greene and Bearden played first, followed by William Blount versus Hardin Valley Academy.
Bearden's team gave $1,000 to Seth's family, while Hardin Valley donated $500.
Organizer Coach Dave Moore said he expected to have raised more than $3,000 for the family through the event.
Tammie said she is thankful for the support, both emotional and financial. She said her insurance is still being worked out adding, "There is no telling how much this is going to run."
Seth just started eating soft foods and said he is hoping to take his neck brace off within the next two months. He is currently being home-schooled but plans to attend Roane County High School again in December.
As far as football, Seth said, "I'm going to be on the sidelines with them next year and I'm going to help the trainers a little with the taping and stuff. So I'm still going to be involved in it."
Seth and Tammie helped hand out trophies to all the teams. Coach Moore also awarded trophies to Seth and Tammie.
After the West Greene vs. Bearden game, Coach Moore said, "You are true champions in the game of life."
Seth will meet again with his neurosurgeon within the next two weeks.