When Devon Gales and his family took the court Saturday in Stegeman Coliseum, they were in for another surprise.
Gales, who fractured his C6 vertebrae when the Georgia football team took on Southern in 2015, was on hand to accept the NCAA Sportsmanship Award with his family at halftime of the Bulldogs’ basketball game against LSU.
After Gales was presented the award, a special message played on the video board in the arena. The school was starting a fundraising effort to build Gales a new home. Fans can text the number 706-204-1707 with the message “Devon” to donate $5 to the effort.
UGAAA Launches Drive to “Build a Dawg House” For Devon Gales Family pic.twitter.com/ChxTCZHyq6
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) February 26, 2017
A little over a year ago, the charity Triumph over Tragedy had pledged to build the Gales a new home, but the foundation struggled to raise the appropriate funds and the two parties ultimately cut ties with each other in January.
To read up on what Gales’ has been up to since it was first announced that Triumph over Tragedy would be building a new home, you can read Steve Hummer’s article here.
Gales spoke with reporters shortly after the announcement.