Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get a Helmet! Update

Thanks for your emails on the helmet issue! Several readers emailed us regarding Chance Veazey, an UGA Baseball player who is currently paralyzed from the waist down in the wake of a recent scooter accident. Here's his story:

Chance Veazey, a freshman infielder on Georgia's baseball team, remains at St. Mary's Hospital after seriously injuring his back in an accident on his motor scooter last week.

Veazey was trying to avoid a car that turned in front of him on Lumpkin Street Wednesday night, according to police.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chance and his family right now," UGA coach David Perno said. "Chance is a very tough individual and that's going to help him."

A 5-9, 175-pound Tifton native, Veazey is a pre-business major who arrived at Georgia after a decorated career at Tift County High. He had just left the Miller Learning Center when the accident occurred.

At 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Veazey was southbound on a Yamaha Vizio scooter when a northbound 1996 Honda Civic driven by a Conyers woman turned left onto Baxter Street in front of him, police said. Veazey tried to avoid a collision but the Vizio fell on its side and slid into the side of the car. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is continuing.

UGA football coach Mark Richt visited Veazey before leaving for Jacksonville, then mentioned him during the national telecast of the Georgia-Florida game Saturday.

As of Monday morning, the "Prayers for Chance" and "Pray for Chance Veazey" Facebook pages had drawn nearly 4,000 members combined.

Info on the Benefit Dinner for Veazey can be found here.

We know we sound like nagging grandmas on this issue, but don't let this be you or someone you love. Even though we all feel invincible, we're not and you're not. And neither is Tebow, or any other athlete.

This story states that it is unknown if he will ever walk again. Please pray for Veazey and his family.

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