Huge turnout at fundraiser for injured Woodlands football player

Thousands showed up to a Woodlands-area Chick-fil-A as part of a fundraiser for an injured high school football player.

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS - Hundreds followed Texans star J.J. Watt’s lead and gave money to the family of a Woodlands student seriously hurt playing football.

Long lines circled the Chick-fil-A store on Research Forest Wednesday night.  Groups of hungry people came for more than chicken. They offered compassion.

“Heart-filling is the best way to describe it,” said Chad Sichley, one of the fundraiser organizers. “Frankly, it’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve been around.”

They printed 1,000 white t-shirts in honor of Grant Milton, a senior linebacker for The Woodlands High School football team hurt in a playoff game. He needed brain surgery and is still on a ventilator. 

Those shirts sold out in 45 minutes.

“It symbolizes everyone coming together for one goal: to help Grant Milton,” said Grant Farley.

Farley met Milton on an all-star pee-wee football team six years ago. The fast friends remain close. Their bond motivated Farley to help as much as possible.

He passed out flyers to get donations to a GoFundMe page set up to assist his friend’s family with medical costs. 

“Would you not do the same for your friend?” Farley asked.

Sichley, whose son is Milton’s teammate, cannot believe how fast their t-shirts sold out. However, he understands why.

“I’ll argue it’s the most valuable piece of clothing I have on just because it represents what a community can do when pulled together,” he said.

“(The) shirt means a lot and I’ll probably keep it forever,” Farley said. 

Organizers plan to sell another 2,500 to 3,000 shirts on Friday.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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