Hundreds attended a vigil Sunday night at Bethany High in Oklahoma in support of senior Hudson Haws who remains paralyzed below the waist following an injury suffered in Friday night’s game against Blanchard.
A second vigil held simultaneously on the field where the injury happened at Blanchard was organized by the Blanchard football team.
“We were talking about loading up and going to Bethany,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig told The Oklahoman. “Then one of our parents asked if we could do something at our field for those who couldn’t travel up there.
“So we just decided to make it a community-wide deal for our people here who wanted to be able to show their support for Hudson.”
Haws broke three vertebrae in his back and neck and remains in the trauma unit at OU Medicine in Oklahoma City. Haws underwent surgery Saturday morning and hours later, he regained movement and feeling in his arms. His strength continued to improve Sunday, The Oklahoman reported.
“This is a community. This is a home,” said Chris Holcomb, Haws’ youth pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, according to The Oklahoman. “I’m overwhelmed by the love and support I see on this football field tonight.”
Members of football teams at other schools also attended the vigil at Bethany.