Archery competitors are teaming up to help their beloved coach fight ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Scott Reed started the archery program at Christiana Elementary School and Buchanan Elementary Archery in 2010 and the Christiana Middle School team in 2013. He guided the Christiana Elementary teams to state and national competitions with two state champions and two runners up at Christiana Elementary and one state champion at Buchanan.
SRO Reed was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease, earlier his year.
Parents Theresa Lupfer and MeriAn Bell and their children, Morgan Lupfer and Kyle Bell, who were coached by SRO Reed at Christiana Elementary, wanted to honor SRO Reed, Lupfer said.
“I can’t imagine how many kids’ lives he’s touched,” Lupfer said. “We came up with an idea to get all of Scott’s archery kids to participate in the ALS Walk in September in Nashville. Anybody who wants to walk can go on the site and register as part of our team.”
To register, go to webtn.alsa.org, click on the Nashville Walk and join a team. Kyle Bell named the team “Scott’s Arrows for ALS.” They set a fund-raising goal of $2,000. People may sign up to walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Lipscomb University in Nashville or donate online.
Sheriff Robert Arnold plans to participate in the walk.
“As an SRO, Scott showed his care to the students through coaching archery and being there for them,” Arnold said. “We are pleased his students and their parents are honoring his efforts.”
Capt. Barry Hendrixson said SRO Reed has been a great asset to the SRO division.
“Hopefully we will see you out there to help support such a giving person as Scott Reed,” Capt. Hendrixson said. “His dedication and love of the SRO program and the kids at his school cannot be measured. If at all possible, please help support this cause.”
Even with the disease, Lupfer said SRO Reed is always positive.
“I can’t imagine how many He has such a big heart and does so much for everybody else, I wish there was just more we could do for him and his family,” Lupfer said.