Campbellsville middle school team names season in honor of teen who died suddenly

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Football was a major part of 13 year old Cameron Smith's life.

"I talked to his mother this weekend, his mom said Cameron loved being an Eagle, wearing the purple and gold," said Campbellsville Middle School Principal Elisha Rhodes.

The post season, which started Tuesday, is being dedicated to the 8th grader who died suddenly at his mother's home. His number, 75, has been painted on the field, and gold and purple ribbons can be found throughout the campus. They'll play Casey County Tuesday night and the principal says several schools have provided decals for their helmets.

"He was a kind hearted, gentle, young man who loved everybody. And the kind you want a class full of," said Rhodes.

Questions surround how and why this happened, but the young man's death has brought the school closer together.

"We've truly come together as the family that we are, we have soared above this together in honor of Cameron and what he meant to us," says Rhodes.

Lyon-Dewitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and is asking for donations to help with funeral costs instead of flowers. The funeral will be at 1pm Thursday at Campbellsville High School.

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