LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A moment of silence and a jersey placed courtside in an empty chair paid tribute to Roan Sanders.
Roan and his brother Neo were killed in a car crash Sunday.
“It’s been hard. The school and the community has lost two great young men,” said Sayre head basketball coach Robert Goodman. Goodman coached Roan Sanders.
“These were kids that cared deeply about their school. They were very involved young men. They were involved in not only athletics, they were involved in dramas and in music,” said athletic director Richard Little.
Coach Goodman and Little say it was a tough day for students at Sayer, but say they’re putting students first and giving them what they need to grieve.
“There’s no words. I mean, it’s very difficult. There’s no textbook to tell you how to handle something like this,”
The game still tipped off, the players still took the court and the crowds still cheered. For this game, there was a little extra motivation sitting courtside.
“Certainly we’ll never forget them and what they meant to all of us,” said Goodman.
The coach and athletic director haven’t spoken to the parents yet. They say in addition to basketball, Roan also played soccer while Neo played football and lacrosse.