Event to honor two Kentuckians who loved sports

This Sunday almost every county in the state will encourage people to go outside and get moving.

It's called Second Sunday, a day of physical activity, and in one central Kentucky county, the day will also include the honoring of two people who loved sports, a dedicated coach and a passionate soccer player.

He touched the lives of so many, both as a fulltime minister in Garrard County, and then as a girl's basketball coach, first at Harrordsburg High, then Burgin High, Lexington Christian, and finally, East Jessamine.

On their 14th wedding anniversary, Ralph Sallee was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, stage four.

He was just 53 years old.

Ralph fought for 10-months, and days before passing away, made his last coaching appearance this past January.

In the hospital just before his death he called his girl's team in, one at a time.

Less than two months after losing Ralph, a teacher, received word one of her students at West Jessamine was in bad shape at the hospital.

Ryan Robinson had just turned 17.

He came home from soccer practice on a Thursday, sick with the flu.

With the flu weakening his immune system, Ryan picked up a bacteria that attacked his lungs, and was admitted to UK.

He passed away a few days later.

The pain hasn't gone away for either woman, but both are pleased that the community will honor their loved ones with The 6K Run for Ralph and Ryan.

Second Sunday is a state wide event to promote healthy lifestyles.

Each county is organizing its own activities around getting people outside and moving.

In jessamine county, the 6K Run for Ralph and Ryan will begin at 2:00 PM, at West Jessamine High School.


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