Injuries – broken bones, torn ligaments, sprained ankles – are a part of
football. So too, although not as common, are far more serious injuries
such as spinal damage. One Ohio high school football player is doing his part to make sure
those who suffer from the latter are taken care of.
Injuries – broken bones, torn ligaments, sprained ankles – are a part of football. So too, although not as common, are far more serious injuries such as spinal damage. One Ohio high school football player is doing his part to make sure those who suffer from the latter are taken care of.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights junior Matt Galland recently started “Rush for a Cause” – a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help alleviate financial burdens on seriously injured football players and their families.
Ohio’s own Kory Wiita was Galland’s inspiration.
Galland returned home from his own Week 10 football game last year and heard about what had happened to Wiita – the Medina Highland senior who suffered a spinal injury covering the second half kickoff of his final regular season game.
Wiita has since endured months of physical therapy and still has a long road to go. He’s at home now with his supportive and wonderful family, but Wiita is always going to be fighting a battle.
Galland knew he had to do something to help.
“I thought about the situation for days, silently, on how wrong it was that the quality of life could be robbed so suddenly and undeservingly and in return leave one so financially overwhelmed,” Galland said on his website (rushforacause.org). “My parents came home from work one day and I was doing my homework at the kitchen table. I told them that I had been thinking of Kory and that I thought of an idea that I wanted to do to help Kory and others like him. I told them that I wanted to talk with my Coach about next year’s football season and see if he would allow me to raise money to help Kory. I felt that I could use my role as running back as a tool to raise money for a great cause. I told them ‘I have a name for it.’”
Rush for a Cause was born.
There are two ways to donate to the organization, the first being by making a simple donation. The second way – as described in the name – is by pledging a certain monetary donation for every yard Galland or another back runs for this upcoming season.
Galland’s ultimate goal is to get a stable of running backs from Ohio – and nationally – involved who are willing to solicit pledges from their communities/fans/schools based on how many yards they rush for this season. Most schools have lift-a-thons based on the same principal. Consider this a rush-a-thon.
Galland is open to having other sports participate as well since athletes across the board can suffer a spinal injury.
To learn more about Galland’s organization and how to donate/sign up and pledge, visit:
Said Galland: “I would like to believe there is no need (for families in this situation), but the reality is, which I’ve learned through this process, there are many needs…will you help?”