Tom Raby Night at Tuesday’s FHS basketball games.
Next Tuesday night, when the Franklin Panthers take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs at home, the gym will be filled with spectators sporting purple attire to help bring attention to pancreatic cancer awareness. The night has been deemed Tom Raby Night, in memory of the beloved basketball coach who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2002.
Tom Raby served as the FHS basketball coach from 1967 to 1976. He finished his years of coaching at the school with a record of 286 wins with 91 losses. He was voted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012 as one of the school's first inductees.
His wife Dianne and son Todd Raby will be on hand for the event, determined to spread awareness of the disease and remember Tom.