One minute, a Union City football coach was smiling and celebrating with his team. An instant later, he was facing the reality of being paralyzed for life.
One misstep changed everything.
It was another season to celebrate for the Union City Eagles — until the team, age 10 and younger, got a harsh lesson in how quickly life can change.
“Everyone that you talk to there, they are still in shock and disbelief that something like this could happen to a fine young man,” said Dwayne Eberhart.
At the team’s end-of-season banquet, coach Jonathon Magwood suffered an injury as unexpected as it was harsh.
“He actually jumped into a foam pit and landed incorrectly and broke two vertebrae,” Eberhart said.
Now the once-vibrant coach is possibly facing a lifetime of paralysis.
He is a coach who never quit moving bodies and hearts.
“He brought out of the kids something you just can’t teach. It’s one of those things that he was born with,” Eberhart said.
Since the Nov. 30 accident, Magwood has endured surgery and feeding tubes and something else: the guiding figure is now being guided himself.
“He’s done so much for everyone in the community. Now is the time for us to do something for him,” Eberhart said.
His close friends are fundraising to install needed ramps and other items necessary for long term care in his home.
SOURCE: USA Today Sports – Jeremy Campbell