sean karl


This weekend Ravenwood High School will debut its resurfaced tennis courts in honor of the Sean Karl Foundation, a nonprofit that was set up to help beat childhood cancer.

This Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ravenwood will introduce the community to the newly resurfaced tennis courts and Seventy-five percent of donation proceeds will go to the foundation.

Founded by Laurie and Mike Karl, the Sean Karl Foundation was established in honor of their son, Sean, who was a Ravenwood grad and student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A big-time tennis player, Karl ranked no. 1 in the country at age 16 and had many full-ride offers from colleges with highly ranked tennis programs.

After a two-year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer predominantly found in children, Karl died in November 2014.

Mike, Laurie and many friends decided to start the Sean Karl Foundation to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The foundation was rolled out two weeks ago and has already raised $12,000 with requests on social media.

Ravenwood High School is located at 1742 Wilson Pike in Brentwood. For more information or to donate, visit

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at