An area volleyball team is supporting the family of an Eau Claire football player critically injured after an accident at his high school.
Police say a 16-year-old was driving a van in the Memorial parking lot on August 7th. That's when 17-year-old Carter Hayden got on top of the van. Officers say he either jumped or fell off and the van ran over him. Eau Claire Police say they are still investigating and have no updates on the Hayden's condition.
Some members of the Altoona Girls Volleyball Team heard about this, and wanted to help out the family, who they have a close connection with. For any team to do well there has to be teamwork. Both on and off the court.
Carter Hayden was hurt in the Memorial parking lot on august 7th. Not to far away at Altoona High School it hit home with the girls volleyball team. The girls have a special connection to the Hayden family. Carter's father, Scott Hayden is the Athletic Director for Altoona Schools. So the girls knew what they had to do. They decided to step up and serve up some charity.
Kasandra Springer says, "We kind of wanted to do something for them to raise money."
The girls have designed and are selling t-shirts to raise funds.
They are also planning a bake sale and want everyone to wear purple to their first game on the evening of September 11th.
Kasandra Springer says, "It's also parent's night, so we get moms flowers, and those flowers will be purple. Help donate for the cause."
The girls say doing something like this has brought them closer together.
Calee Legge says, "It shows leadership because it's not very often you get some girls to step up and actually do this even though he doesn't even go to our school. We're just supporting him and his family."
Their coach, Elissa Upward, says it makes her proud to see her athletes putting their efforts toward such a great cause.
Elissa Upward says, "You have a group of individuals that come together for one common goal, one common ground obviously that builds into teamwork the fact that they did this all on their own is just amazing it says it says a lot about the kids and just how much they care about individuals."
Kristi Springer says, "It feels amazing to me as a person to be helping out people, and just help them get through what they're going through and helping their family."
And besides doing all of these good deeds these girls are confident they will have a great volleyball season as well.
Calee Legge says, "I think we're going to be good, I think we're going to have a good season. A good fun season."
The girls say they are taking orders for the t-shirts now. You can go to Altoona High School and order them. They will also sell them on the evening of September 11th. They want everyone to come out and support Altoona volleyball and the Hayden family that night.