Community rallies behind Alabama teen paralyzed in football practice

Community rallies behind Alabama teen paralyzed in football practice

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Community rallies behind Alabama teen paralyzed in football practice

An Alabama community is rallying around a teenage football player who was paralyzed in a routine high school football practice.

As reported by AL.com and Alabama NBC affiliate WSFA, coaches and school officials at Park Crossing are asking the community to rally behind freshman football player Christopher Knight, who suffered a neck injury during a practice. Knight has undergone multiple surgeries but remains paralyzed from his chest down, according to a GoFundMe page set up to support the teen.

“This is a sweet, sweet kid, and his mother is such a good person,” Park Crossing coach Smitty Grider told AL.com. “His family is up there and supporting him. That’s why we started the Gofundme.

“We just ask for prayers for this young man’s recovery. We don’t know what the future holds.”

The GoFundMe account established by Grider has a goal of $20,000 and has already raised more than $9,000 in the first three days since it was set up.

Naturally, those funds won’t help Knight recover on their own, but they should be able to make his transition back to as much health as he can regain as seamless as possible.

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