A Student of the Sport
October 25, 2017
Earlier this year, my college track & field coach was hit by a car travelling over 100 mph in his small town in North Carolina. This accident left him permanently paralyzed.
Coach O, himself a 400m runner, knows all things speed and strength. My best memories with him are of joking in the weight room, sharing our favorite snack (Snyder's honey mustard pretzel pieces), and travelling to NCAA nationals together with teammates.
I consider Coach O family: a mentor, brother, and friend. He was there for me for all 4 years of my college experience. The Shepherd Center was there for him, his wife, and their children in their time of need.
Miraculously, Coach O is now back to doing what he loves--coaching track and sharing his faith with his athletes.
Please consider donating to help others with spinal cord injuries "continue their lives with hope, dignity, and independence"!
Shepherd Center wrote -
Organized by the Junior Committee, Derby Day has been a marquee spring event that features great food and drinks, silent and live auctions as well as casino and race day games. This year’s event will be held at Chastain Horse Park in Atlanta, Georgia. As soon as the gates open at 2:00, guests will enjoy fast bidding and faster horses to celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports while raising money for Shepherd Center patients. Shepherd Center is the largest rehabilitation hospital in the nation specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other neurological conditions. Each member of the Junior Committee strongly believes in Shepherd Center’s mission to return catastrophically injured patients to the highest level of functioning possible, enabling them to continue their lives with hope, dignity and independence. Your Derby Day donation directly impacts the lives of our patients by bringing value and meaning back into their lives. Proceeds raised from Derby Day will continue to support the Recreation Therapy department’s activities, which are not covered by most insurance companies. These funds help provide for many wonderful opportunities, such as allowing four patients the chance to swim with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium and providing tickets and transportation for ten patients to attend a Braves game. These outings not only assist patients in reintegrating back in to society, but it also allows them the opportunity to enjoy the same interests as before their injury. That discovery of independence is priceless.