Welcome to My World
My name is Russ Karn, known to a few online as "Kanc6" but to most I'm just "Russ". I'm not "Mr. Karn". This web page is an opportunity to give back to those who gave to me & to those who someday may give of themselves to help others. I attended Highland Community College in 1971 as an average student-athlete. Participating in football and track, I learned very quickly at 5' 9" 175 lbs and slower than most, you must "Improvise, Adapt & Overcome" not only to survive but succeed. Upon the end of my playing career, and at the ripe old age of 24, I was faced with a life-long challenge. The loss of the use of my arms & legs forced me to do as I had done throughout my athletic years. "Improvise, Adapt & Overcome" I witnessed an outpouring of support after my injury that I will never forget. People who had never met me, gave what they could to help get me back into the mainstream of life. Shortly after my rehab, I was presented with an opportunity to announce football games and track meets at Highland High School & Highland Community College, for which I have done since 1978.
This opportunity gave me a purpose to redevelop my skills physically & mentally. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Since the fall of 1978, I have been honored many times for doing what just comes naturally to me, giving of my time. I coached summer league baseball for 12 years. In 1994, with the help of Information Systems Coordinator, Pam Ninemire, I was given the opportunity to create and maintain the Scottie Athletic web page until 2006. I was given the opportunity to serve the patrons of Doniphan County, Kansas by being elected to the Highland Community College Board of Trustees for 17 years. I was honored as the "Voice Of The Scotties" in 1998 as well as presented with a plaque for service to Highland Jr/Sr High School. I was selected to the Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. It was a great honor to be placed with those who gave much more of themselves than I have. I am still awed to be among them. I have also been honored many times by the Delaware Valley League as a supporter of High School Athletics in Northeast Kansas. In 1998, my wife & I provided an opportunity along with members of the Scottie Booster Club to create a softball park for the Lady Scottie Softball program and area youth. I am currently the webmaster of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference website in order to promote the student-athletes of NJCAA Region VI.
If you think back, there was someone behind the scene who gave of their time to make your world a better experience. When you have the chance, give of yourself to provide another with the same opportunity. Russ Karn
Messenger ID: Kanc6
Born: July 10, 1953
Height: 4' 2" (Sitting)
Marital Status: Still married to the "Angel Of Doniphan County" (Joann) since Aug 22, 1974
Children: Every Student I've Ever Met
Hometown: Doniphan County, Kansas
Good Points: A few (or so I've been told)
Bad Points: Impatience