$91,000 Raised for Injured CCHS Student

Students, Community Help Raise $91,000 for Injured CCHS Student
Posted on 05/28/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Students, Community Help Raise $91,000 for Injured CCHS StudentIn December, Holden James was going over some routine drills during football practice at Clear Creek High School. During the practice, an accident occurred and James was rushed to the hospital.

The accident left him with a popliteal artery injury, a knee joint complete disruption with compartment syndrome, and a dead muscle. In January, James went through an emergency surgery to amputate the leg.

The tragedy greatly affected not only him, but his teammates, coaches, and the entire Clear Creek community. James’ peers and family describe him as a “gentle giant,” who is a very kind, timid and respectful young man.

“Something like this really puts into perspective that anything can happen, and your life can change in a heartbeat,” said fellow student Hailey Cook.

Cook is a member of the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program, also known as PALs. Students in PALs aim to make a difference in their lives, schools and local communities.

When the group heard about James’ accident, they immediately jumped into action to figure out how they could help him.

“We are a family and when one of us is hurt, all of us hurt. He hoped to play college football and this injury ruined those dreams for him,” said sponsor and teacher Becki Bryan. “Our PALs felt the need to help lift him up and thought the Battle for Holden was the way to do that.”

CCHS PALs are part of the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy, a program focused on "impact through action." For their project, the group began to plan the “Battle for Holden.” They decided on a flag football game against the League City Police and Fire Department. The group recruited local business for donations and coordinated more than 100 volunteers outside of the PAL program.

“The community’s support has been everything from the moment he got injured, and still the support is insane,” added Cook. “There’s no doubt that this event wouldn’t have been what it was without the whole community coming together and helping us raise all of the money we could and getting so much stuff donated for the event.”

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, which included t-shirt sales, raffles, concessions, and a silent auction. In total, the community raised $30,000.

“The fact that we got our CCISD family and the League City area involved means so much. We were able to bring everyone together in a way that hasn’t happened in a while because of COVID,” Bryan said.

In combination with a GoFundMe that was started after the accident, more than $91,000 have been raised for James and his family.

“Everyone was aware that he was looking to get his college paid for by a football scholarship, but now that his path has changed, we wanted to be able to help as much as we could,” Cook said.

His family plans to use the money raised for medical expenses and equipment, new housing accommodations, physical therapy, and his college tuition.
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