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Keyvonte Cunningham & D'donte Gray

posted Jun 16, 2014, 7:08 PM by Backfield in Motion   [ updated Jun 17, 2014, 1:52 PM ]
"This Past Friday, June 13, 2014, D'donta Gray and Keyvonte Cunningham, two fine young men participating in Backfield in Motion, tragically drowned during an outing at Cummings Falls State Park near Cookeville, Tennessee. Words can never adequately express the depth of devastation and sorrow we feel for the families of these exceptional young men. We are vigilantly investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy and we will not rest until we fully understand what led to the accident. This includes working carefully with the authorities, the park system and the organization that administers the program.
The kids in Backfield in Motion are why we exsit and we love every one of them.  We are working with all of the families to provide counseling and support at this time. Their safety and wellbeing are always our highest priority as we pursue our mission of lifting up and supporting these future leaders. Our hearts are broken for these two wonderful young men and their families.
We are committed to doing everything possible to support the families during this incredibly difficult time. Please join us in keepingthem in your prayers.

Backfield in Motion has established the following funds to support the families of the victims:

D’Donta Gray Benefit Fund c/o First Tennessee Bank

KeyVonte Cunningham Benefit Fund c/o First Tennessee Bank


James "Boots" Donnelly
CEO, Backfield in Motion
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