Late Local Tennis Star Honored at 'Play Like Paul' 5K

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/14 2014 11:24AM

Updated 06/14 2014 10:04PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Community members, friends, and loved ones of Paul Nahon gathered in honor of the young man who tragically died in a hiking accident last year for the ‘Play Like Paul’ 5K.

Supporters gathered at 9 am June 14 gathered at Glendale High School for an event created by friends and family to raise money for the ‘Paul Nahon Athletic Memorial Fund’.

Alexis Kadey, one of the event coordinators and also one of Nahon’s best friends said that the turn out for the event far surpassed expectations.

Kadey says that they had at least 150 last minute sign ups for the 5K this week with around 200 total participants.

The event was thought up in January when friends and family members where thinking of ways to honor the late Glendale tennis star.

When asked what Nahon meant to the community Kadey said [that he meant] "Everything… he was the most incredible guy and such a guy of integrity," Alexis Kadey went on to day that, "He was such an honest guy, that has humble and tried to be the best person he could be everyday."

According to Kadey, the proceeds for the event will go to the Paul Nahon Athletic Memorial Fund, a scholarship fund that was established this year.

Nahon’s parents are thinking that this could become an annual event that could support anything ranging from summer camps for young tennis athletes to gym and exercise programs.

Nahon played at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield and part of the scholarship could go to young players to continue their training.

"I think about him every single day, he has changed my life,” Kadey said.

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