One on One: Keanon Lowe
On May 17th, 2019, an all-too-familiar scene unfolded as an 18-year-old student walked into a classroom with a loaded shotgun. A little-known high school in Portland, Oregon then made national news. But, this time, for a tragedy avoided, and for the actions of the man who prevented it.
School security guard, football and track and field coach, Keanon Lowe stopped a student set to take his own life, not with force, but a hug and compassion.
The story captured national attention and Lowe became a hero. Every step in Lowe’s journey all brought him home to Parkrose High School, to turn away from a coaching career in the NFL, to a football program that had been on a 23 game losing streak, to transform kids’ lives, and in time, to a moment where he saved them too.
And, now he's spreading his message in Hometown Victory: A Coach’s Story of Football, Fate and Coming Home. This is Alex Wolz's conversation with Keanon Lowe on his life, his upbringing and what he wants people to know about his story.