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Harlan County’s Jordan Steele’s Journey to San Antonio

6’2″ 220 lbs. 7th grader Jordan Steele is an elite football player from Evarts, a town located deep in Harlan County. He was recently selected to represent Kentucky in the Football University Youth All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. As earlier reported on Vaught’s Views, Jordan’s mother Astria Howard started a GoFundMe account to help her son get to San Antonio, as travel, housing, meals, and miscellaneous expenses are not covered and the family could not afford it.

Jordan’s father was a Kentucky National Guard soldier. Following a deployment to Iraq in 2005, Shane Howard suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and passed away on October 1, 2007. In the United States, 22 veterans a day take their own life, a disturbing number that has tragically affected many Kentucky families.

When speaking to the family about the fund growing from $365 to over $3,000 in one day, Jordan’s mother Astria Howard emotionally said, “I can’t thank God enough for putting the people at Kentucky Sports Radio and Larry Vaught in our life so our son can achieve his dreams. I just want to say we love you Big Blue Nation.”

Astria said that when she found out her son Jordan had been selected to play in the Texas bowl game, she couldn’t believe it.

“At first I knew we were playing for team Kentucky, a bowl game representative said he wanted to invite me and Jordan to San Antonio to play in the All-American Game,” Astria said. “I was like, are you serious? And then I said, guess we’re going to San Antonio.”

Astria said she is overwhelmed by the support her family has received from the Big Blue Nation.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for donations for our son to be able to do this and maybe have a chance to get out of Harlan County and get a scholarship. They have humbled me and I’ve cried all day.”

When asked what she feeds her son of his size, she laughed and said, “fried potatoes, soup beans, deer meat, and corn bread.”

Jordan Steele is a quiet, thoughtful and humble young man and mature beyond his 14 years. When discussing public support to assist him travel to San Antonio, Steele said “It felt really good, I think people want to help me get out of here. I’m doing this for my dad. I’m playing for God, but also playing for my dad. I wish my dad was here to see this.”

My faith and family are near and dear to my heart; so are the mountains of southeastern Kentucky and the people living within its borders. After hearing Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and Jared Lorenzen discussing Jordan’s situation on KSR this morning, I quickly read Larry Vaught’s article and wanted to help. I’d like to say that I’m amazed by the outpouring of support shown to this wonderful family, but I’m not. We are Kentuckians, it’s what we do.

Thank you, God Bless, and Happy New Year.


To donate to Jordan’s GoFundMe account, please click here.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

5 Comments for Harlan County’s Jordan Steele’s Journey to San Antonio

  1. Twick39
    6:01 pm December 31, 2015 Permalink

    This might be the shortest post ever written by Freddie. But in all seriousness what an awesome story

  2. ukgreatness
    6:47 pm December 31, 2015 Permalink

    Great story!
    Please tell me there is no way the NCAA can use the gofundme to affect his college decision later!
    Seems like the NCAA loves to ruin a good deed done by caring people when college time comes.

  3. scwhite9
    8:11 pm December 31, 2015 Permalink

    His goal has been reached. They have now reached their goal.

  4. Stephen
    12:52 am January 1, 2016 Permalink

    Not to take away from a great story, but the board for the Football University Youth All-American Bowl should be ashamed. Couldn’t they get sponsors for this? Is this standard practice for national level HS All-Star games?

  5. Elementary Coach
    5:25 am January 1, 2016 Permalink

    Hey I coach for a team this boy played against in the 2013 season. I thought they were NO WAY this kid was under 13. He is a man among boys. I mean really like Lebron was at st vincent against High schoolers. He was as big as any of our coaches and after he destroyed us with a baby facew and a mans body he shook everyones hand or hugged them and told them good game with a meekness and humbleness that most kids his age is not blessed with. He is a fine young man with AMAZING talent and size for his age. I am so proud to see him doing what he is doing and encourage EVERYONE to donate to help him fulfill his dreams and just give as the lord has blessed u and your family.I will follow this kid through the years aND guarantee with the athleticism and mindset he has he will be a sucessful D-1 prospect in college that is a son of a fallen Hero that would have been there every step of the way if he hadnt give everything he had for our country