LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Ragin’ Cajun football player Kamar Greenhouse saw his mother for the last time Saturday and now his football family is rallying behind him during his time of need.
UL-Lafayette Football Operations Director Troy Wingerter said Greenhouse’s mother, Allison Greenhouse of Marksville, has been sick for several months.
“He’s the kind of young man that doesn’t exactly broadcast what’s going on in his personal life,” said Wingerter.
Greenhouse, a single mother of four, was a housekeeper at Paragon Casino for more than twenty years.
Head Coach Mark Hudspeth said coaches have been understanding of Kamar’s situation and allowed him to focus on his mother in her final days.
“We’ve taken him down there a few times. When we played Tulane, she was in Tulane Hospital, and he was able to go spend the whole day before the game with her and sit there by her bedside and hold her hand most of the day.”
On Tuesday Kamar’s worst fear became a reality when his mom died. She was only 43 years old.
“It was a pretty emotional time for him. He’s the man of that home now, that family because it’s just him and his younger siblings,” said Hudspeth.
Wingerter said the university and Kamar’s teammates were eager to lend a helping hand.
“No body wants to ask for help especially when they are now the man of the house.”
The university set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses and other monetary needs.
“Kamar is 20-year-old. He’s the oldest of four siblings and he is now left to have to take care of them. So we felt as his family that we needed to take the bull by the horns here to try to help out the young man and his family,” said Wingerter.
The team set a goal of 15 thousand dollars. So far, over three thousand dollars has been raised.
Wingerter said Kamar is more than just a player, he is family.
“You don’t just recruit a player and bring them in here to be an athlete, they are a part of your family.”
The funeral will be held in Marksville Saturday at 9 am.
Due to NCAA rules, any money collected over 15-thousand dollars will be donated to a charity of Kamar’s choice.