A high school football player who collapsed and died after practice seven years ago, is honored in the stadium where he played. The family of the late Ryan Owens receive an honorable gift during half time at tonight's Henderson County High School football game. A plaque in Ryan's honor will now be placed at Colonel's Stadium.
The Owens family say this plaque helps keep their son's memory alive and serves as a reminder of the monumental changes his death made for the athletics. In 2006, Ryan collapsed and died after a football practice during one of the hottest days that summer. He suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition that was likely aggravated by the heat. Following Ryan's death, the Owens family fought for better guidelines for the way athletic teams handle the heat. As each year goes by the Owens family remember there son, now his memory will live on under the Friday night lights.
The plaque will be displayed on the North side of Colonel Stadium as a permanent display. Former UK, NFL, and Henderson County football player, Sam Ball, was also there during the ceremony. They hope to have the plaque permanently displayed by the middle of next week.