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Murdered coach to be honored with fundraiser for his school

How do you honor the memory of a wrestling coach who was murdered outside his home a dozen years ago?

One winning way: a fundraising event to generate funds for a suburban Cincinnati high school wrestling program where he wrestled and coached.

The John Harris "No Excuses" Memorial Fundraiser will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6-10 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati. The convention center -- conveniently located just off I-75, a major north-south interstate linking Michigan and Florida -- is just up the street from Princeton High School where Harris wrestled for the Vikings, then later returned to the school to help coach the mat program.

The event will feature music, motivational speakers and other activities. Admission is $10 per person; however, donations of any amount are welcome. All proceeds going to benefit the Princeton Viking wrestling program.

The fundraiser is the product of efforts of Peggy Harris, John's mother.

"My son, John Harris was murdered June 7, 2007 in Northside (a Cincinnati neighborhood)," Peggy Harris told InterMat. "His case remains unsolved."

"My family and I wanted to focus on how Johnny lived. His life was full of positivity and promise. He is the father of three beautiful children. After graduating, he did an apprenticeship and became a licensed plumber. While attending Princeton High School his passion was wrestling. He would continue that by going back to the school to help coach the young wrestlers, even after a long day's work."

To learn more about the Princeton High wrestling program and its John Harris "No Excuses" fundraiser, visit the Cincinnati Princeton Wrestling Facebook page.

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