Sky High Sports Holds Fundraiser For Family Of Teen Drowning Victim
KeyVonte Cunningham and D'Donta Gray, both 13, were swimming in a popular area of the falls when somehow they both went under on Friday, June 13. Friends said KeyVonte was trying to save D'Donta, who was starting to drown. Neither resurfaced, and their bodies were recovered the following day.
Sky High Sports, a unique trampoline fun center on Harding Place in Nashville, is holding “Jump For KeyVonte” from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Sky High Sports will donate all of its admission fees during the event to help KeyVonte's family take care of funeral expenses. It costs $14 for the first hour of jumping, and $3 for any additional hour.
The company said KeyVonte was like family, as his father, Delando Davis, worked at the Nashville location from their grand opening in May 2012 until about three months ago when he left for another opportunity.
“Everyone on our staff knew Delando’s boy, KeyVonte,” said Sky High Sports Nashville’s General Manager Derek Jett. “He loved playing dodgeball and came in at least once a week. He was a terrific kid and his passing has left us heartbroken.”
KeyVonte’s stepbrother was also long time employee of Sky High. Sky High currently employs KeyVonte’s cousin as well.
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KeyVonte and D'Donta were part of a group of 39 children who went to the park with Backfield in Motion, a Nashville-based group that works with inner-city children.
The park in Jackson County features Cummins Falls, a 75-foot waterfall located on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River.
The deaths remain under investigation by the Department of Children's Services, state park police and Jackson County police.
Backfield in Motion has established two funds to support the families of the victims: The D'Donta Gray Benefit Fund and The KeyVonte Cunningham Benefit Fund, both at First Tennessee Bank.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)