Student archery competitors are swapping arrows for tennis shoes when they walk for their former School Resource Officer coach who was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Former students of Rutherford County Sheriff's Office SRO Scott Reed, who started the archery program at Christiana Elementary and Buchanan Elementary schools, formed the team Scott's Arrows for ALS to walk in the fund-raising Tennessee ALS walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lipscomb Elementary.
SRO Reed was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease, earlier this year.
To prepare for the walk, SRO Reed obtained donations to pay for the red shirts the team will wear. Team members will meet for donuts donated by Dunkin Donuts at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at the Sheriff's Office before going to Nashville.
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.