An East Tennessee community is remembering a teenager whose life was cut short...through the sport he loved.
17-year-old Blount County teenager "Skyler Boring" died in May from what officials suspect was an accidental gunshot wound. Boring wrestled for Heritage High School. Now his family is honoring him...with a wrestling tournament.
The inaugural "Rooster Duals" tournament kicked off Saturday. "Rooster" was Skyler's nickname. This tournament isn't new, but the name behind it is.
After his death, Skyler's family started the Skyler "Rooster" Boring Wrestling Foundation. And now months later, the foundation is growing.
Skyler's foundation...offers a scholarship to one wrestler each year.
"He had no problem with the attention, he loved the attention, so I am sure he is looking down on us thinking this is way cool," said Judy Mincey, Skyler's grandmother.
Before Skyler's tournament became a reality...his school already honored him with a mural.
That one mural has now become multiple murals, and is still growing.
The artist...considers it a "hall of fame" for the team. And that artist was one of Skyler's coaches, Rex Matlock.
Matlock created the murals to motivate the Heritage High wrestlers to strive for more.
And painting their picture of dedication, Heritage's wrestling team sported shirts at the tournament, for their former teammate proving that even though he's gone, he will never be forgotten.
The tournament at Heritage High School isn't the only wrestling tournament that bears Skyler's name.
The foundation was given the right to be in charge of Alcoa High School's December tournament, which will now be called the "Rooster Rumble."
Coming up in May, the foundation will host a motorcycle ride in honor of Skyler. The run will take place May 3rd at 9 a.m. It will begin at the Blount County American Legion.
His mother said her son always wanted to ride a motorcycle and now his friends will have a chance to ride in honor of him.