Sports: Special event at West Rowan in June will honor Chris Smith

Published 1:58 am Thursday, May 23, 2024

Press release from the Bogues Group

MOUNT ULLA —  West Rowan High School has announced a special event dedicated to the memory of Chris Smith, a former NFL player and treasured community member.

On June 15, friends, family and fans will gather at his alma mater to honor Smith’s remarkable life and lasting impact.

Smith, who graced the football fields of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Cleveland Browns, among other NFL teams, was much more than an athlete. He was a father, a son and a philanthropist whose kindhearted legacy continues to inspire. His senior year achievements of 98 tackles and 16.5 sacks at West Rowan High School laid the foundation for a college and professional career marked by determination and excellence.

The event will celebrate Smith’s passion for football and community with an alumni flag football game featuring his friends and fellow athletes including another hometown hero, his best friend and current San Francisco 49er Javon Hargrave.

Also in Smith’s honor, a commemorative bench will be dedicated on the West Rowan campus, providing a space of reflection for students, and an inspirational mural will be unveiled to encourage current and future generations.

The day’s commemoration is not only a tribute to Chris’s life but also a call to action to support youth in following their dreams. Proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship for a West Rowan senior, embodying Chris’s dedication to helping others succeed, and an educational fund for his children.

For more information about the event and how to participate or become a sponsor of this event, contact Brittney Bogues at

Adult tickets: $15

Children tickets 5-18: $5

Children under 5: Free

Cancellation policy: Tickets are final sale