Nathan McCurry meant something to a lot of people — either through his work in the classroom, on the football field or as a family man and friend.
More than nine years after his death at 36, he remains a beloved man in many walks of life and once again John Hardin High School will honor his memory and host the Nathan McCurry Classic on Saturday.
The event began in 2014 while his brother, Jared, was an assistant coach in the Bulldog program. Jared McCurry later became the head coach and kept the one-day slate of games thriving.
He has said keeping the memory of his late brother alive was a top priority of his.
Saturday’s event features five games with four local teams taking part.
Nathan McCurry had a connection to several schools in the area after graduating in 1995 from Elizabethtown High School.
He taught at Helmwood Heights Elementary School, Radcliff Middle School and Bluegrass Middle School and one of his first football jobs was at Central Hardin, where he was a line coach.
McCurry then went to LaRue County Schools where he was a special education teacher, and also coached middle school and high school football.
“It means a lot to our family to remember and celebrate his life especially with local teams that he loved teaching and coaching for,” the family said in a statement.
On Saturday, North Hardin plays St. Xavier at 1 p.m. in the opener with Campbellsville facing Greenwood at 2:45 p.m. and Central Hardin meets Louisville Eastern at 4:30 p.m.
At 6:15 p.m., LaRue County battles Madisonville-North Hopkins and the host Bulldogs wrap up play at 8 p.m. against North Bullitt.
John Hardin head coach Austin Jones said the Nathan McCurry Classic has “a great field” and he expects “good competitive games” this week.
“We’re thankful for the teams involved,” he added. “The McCurrys are very appreciative and helpful in keeping the Nathan McCurry Classic going.”
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