This weekend's first home game for the Levelland Lobo's will be a little different, as the town and the team will be wearing green instead of their usual red and black.
The change is in honor of one of their own, Junior Jeremy Green, who was injured in a scrimmage this past weekend, and is currently paralyzed from the chest down.
The Levelland Lobo's will be playing this season without of their own. Cornerback Jeremy Green remains in ICU after a serious injury in last Friday's scrimmage in Hobbs, New Mexico.
"It was an accident on the football field just a normal every day play in the middle of the scrimmage. The play clears, you look up and one of our kids is down," said High School Principal Virdie Montgomery.
High School Principal Virdie Montgomery says EMS responded immediately, and by Saturday morning Green was in surgery at Covenant in Lubbock. Green was hit in a way that damaged his neck and spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own.
"Our town has responded in a very compassionate and positive way and we just feel like we're going to do this the best we can and go through the healing process with all involved. And the kids have been remarkable. They are all concerned, their flooding that place and that's been kind of a problem because so many people are going to see him until he gets in better shape," says Mr. Montgomery.
Green remains in ICU, he is coherent and his family says he is positive about his condition, saying he will walk again. He has support from the entire community of Levelland. "We'll be doing some special things at our first pep rally Friday, to commemorate and honor Jeremy and just pay tribute to him. Our colors are red and black and we're going to be wearing green all day and at the game, that's going to look unusual but we want Jeremy to know we're thinking about him and he's in our hearts and minds any way we can think to do it," said Montgomery.
Students are raising money for the Green family and you can help too.you can donate at any American State Bank branch on the South Plains, just specify it's for the benefit fund for Jeremy Green.