After his son, Steven Dearborn, an enthusiastic Kentucky football tailgater, died at age 40 last spring from head injuries suffered in a fall in his home, Gary Dearborn contacted UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart to see if a tree honoring Steven could be planted near where he had tailgated in Commonwealth Stadium’s Orange Lot. Three days later, a UK official contacted Gary Dearborn to say yes.
After his son, Steven Dearborn, an enthusiastic Kentucky football tailgater, died at age 40 last spring from head injuries suffered in a fall in his home, Gary Dearborn contacted UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart to see if a tree honoring Steven could be planted near where he had tailgated in Commonwealth Stadium’s Orange Lot. Three days later, a UK official contacted Gary Dearborn to say yes. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
After his son, Steven Dearborn, an enthusiastic Kentucky football tailgater, died at age 40 last spring from head injuries suffered in a fall in his home, Gary Dearborn contacted UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart to see if a tree honoring Steven could be planted near where he had tailgated in Commonwealth Stadium’s Orange Lot. Three days later, a UK official contacted Gary Dearborn to say yes. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

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