A group of Pennsylvania football coaches has been lauded as heroes after they left their bus en route to a game to help a group of passengers injured in a car accident, only to find that one in the wreck was a former player at the school himself.
As reported by Pennsylvania ABC affiliate WNEP, Pottsville Nativity BVM was traveling on its bus to a game in Boalsburg, Pa. when an accident unfolded just in front of the bus. The team’s coaches rushed off the bus to attend to anyone injured at the scene and eventually remained at the scene until help arrived and could transport everyone who was injured. The driver of the car, in particular, required coach Gino Yourey to stabilize his neck until he could be safely removed by paramedics.
In a touching twist, Nativity head football coach Tony Klazas later learned that that very player who was immobilized was one of the program’s former players: 2012 alum Andrew Mickey.
“I coached him,” Klasas told WNEP. “He played for us for one year as a senior and came out. He’s a great kid. It kind of hit home a little bit.”
While the most important development of the day was that Mickey was stabilized in hospital (he’s since undergone surgery and is in recovery), the team’s players also learned about higher values from their coaches actions as well.
“We are grateful, really, because they helped someone in need,” Nativity football player Torin Shellhammer told WNEP. “I think that is the reason for Nativity — to help people and show we are just not a school, but a community.”