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Donations continues Kersey’s legacy

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Mike  Kersey is gone, but certainly not forgotten.
The emotional wrestling coach and elementary school physical education teacher had that type of impact on students, no matter their age.
He knew how to motivate the heavyweight wrestler to reach his potential on the mat, and at the same time had the knack for making exercise fun for the most reluctant elementary school student.
Kersey, who died last fall, was that type person. Across the county and state, in wrestling circles, Kersey is regarded as an icon.
No matter what he coached and where he was coaching, Kersey had his share of success.
His passing, much too soon, was tragic, but his family has provided a silver lining.
When Kersey died as a result of an ATV accident at his home last fall, the family requested that memorials be made to the Lancaster County Wrestling Fund.
Recently, the Kersey family, Mike’s parents – Wayne and Faye Kersey – showed what their intentions were with the memorials.
Kersey’s mother, on behalf of the family and the Lancaster County Wrestling Fund, recently presented $700 checks to the wrestling programs at Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools.
Those funds will go to help each of those schools’ wrestling programs as they so choose.
Kersey, of course, coached at Indian Land and Lancaster High schools during his prep wrestling career. At LHS and Indian Land, Kersey’s teams faced the Buford teams year in and year out.
His goal was to have success where he coached, but Kersey also sought the higher good for the sport of wrestling. Often when he held clinics and camps, he would get the word out that any wrestlers, no matter what school they were from, were welcomed to attend.
His promotion of wrestling is a key reason he’s held in high esteem across the state.
The presentation of the funds to the schools shows us that Mike Kersey’s spirit is still prevalent.
The move to present that money to the schools was a classy gesture by the family in honoring Coach Kersey’s memory.
The days, weeks and months since Coach Kersey’s death have not been easy for his family, but they are moving forward.
In this day and time when dollars are tight in education, it’s nice to know the Kersey family cares enough to lend a helping hand.
We know the schools are grateful and we applaud the Kerseys for the special way they’re keeping Coach Kersey’s winning spirit alive.