College or university of Charleston baseball rallies all-around participant injured in boating accident | Colleges

Celebrating his graduation from College or university of Charleston and a new chapter in existence, Cougars baseball player Grant Smith went on a boating vacation with pals and family members on Memorial Working day.

The outing, in the vicinity of Wrightsville Seaside, N.C., turned tragic when Smith was very seriously wounded when apparently diving off a boat into shallow water.

Cougars baseball mentor Chad Holbrook claimed some of Smith’s teammates served pull him from the water, and that Smith had hurt his spinal twine.

“I do know there was a fracture in the C-5 vertebrae,” Holbrook reported on June 1. “And he was in surgery a great deal of the evening final night time, and he is unquestionably in the intense treatment unit at this time.

“It is a pretty, incredibly tricky time correct now. This is a child who just graduated from the Higher education and had his existence in entrance of him, and some of that is taken away in an instantaneous. We just remain hopeful that all the things is likely to be Alright and he is going to fight by means of this.”

Smith is a junior pitcher from Raleigh who transferred to Higher education of Charleston final yr from Brunswick Neighborhood School, where by he was an tutorial All-American. He pitched in 3 online games for the Cougars this time.

“He is a good teammate and a really hard employee,” Holbrook reported. “He’s just a single of those people kids you appreciate to be all over, and it can be a really tricky day for our baseball program and our athletic section. We’re likely to remain hopeful and optimistic that items will function out. Appropriate now, our thoughts and prayers are with Grant and his family members.”

Some other Cougars gamers were being with Smith on the boating trip, Holbrook explained.

“They were being with him and they served help you save him,” Holbrook mentioned. “It’s been rough on them, and I informed them last evening, as hard as it is, how thankful Grant is that you were being there. We will give assistance for people kids as very well, and they will be with Grant each phase of the way.”

A fundraising account has been set up to enable Smith’s loved ones with healthcare fees, which can be found by looking for “Grant Smith” at gofundme.com. Holbrook also claimed School of Charleston officials are hunting into what the school can do to aid Smith and his family members.

“We’re in conversations on that ideal now,” he reported. “I can convey to you that whatsoever we can do, we will do. And I just want to make absolutely sure the kid receives the most effective treatment he potentially can … We’ll do all we can to support him, inform him how significantly we really like him and that he is bought great assistance and fantastic teammates.

“He is bought a college and a baseball software that treatment deeply about him.”

Smith also required to get a message out to his teammates, Holbrook mentioned.

“I talked to Grant’s dad past evening,” Holbrook explained. “And he mentioned Grant preferred his teammates to know that it was the honor of his life to be their teammate. Which is who Grant Smith is.”

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