ATHENS, GA — The University of Georgia is treating a former opponent like one of its own.

On Saturday, Georgia launched a new fundraising drive to help build Devon Gales and his family a handicapped-accessible home, the school announced. It hopes to raise $500,000, the estimated cost for the home that would include specialized medical equipment. Southern University’s Devon Gales broke his C6 vertebrae while blocking on a kickoff return during a game at Georgia on Sept. 26, 2015.

Gales, his father Donny and stepmother Tish were at Stegeman Coliseum for the announcement that came at halftime of the LSU-Georgia game on Saturday night.
As of Monday, $49,000 has been raised through fundraising for the home.

Georgia will enlist help from three other athletic departments to promote the fundraising drive on social media – Miami, LSU and Southern. Miami is where Mark Richt—Georgia’s coach at the time of Gales’ injury – is now head coach.

Georgia also plans to promote the fundraising drive at the April 22 G-Day spring football game.

Gales continues his rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.


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