Bells rallies behind Chisum in time of need
PARIS, Texas (KTEN) - Last Thursday was a day that shook Chisum High School.
"We had a tragic accident here on campus," said Chisum ISD Superintendent Tommy Chalaire.
The student involved was a Chisum junior varsity football player.
"We have gotten word from the student's mom that he is progressing each and every day."
Chisum had a home game scheduled at home last Friday against Bells but when the Panther community heard about the accident, they jumped into action.
"We then started thinking about what we were going to do," said Amanda Smith, Co-VP of Bells booster club. "Should we have something that night? How could we help?"
After the decision was made to cancel Friday's game, Bells settled on holding a cookout at its concession stand to raise money. The support was staggering.
"For awhile there was a line of 10 to 15 people," said Smith. "We actually made two trips to Sam's extra to buy more meat to cook. It's just something that comes natural to most of us and the town is really giving in that way."
In the end, the town raised over $10,000 total in less than 48 hours. On Saturday morning, Bells head coach Dale West headed to Paris to personally deliver the check to Chisum head coach Zach Millsap.
"That was an event for him that you wouldn't want that to happen to you," said West. "I just wanted to let him know that we were here for him. Aside from the money, that was secondary to the prayers, and the thoughts, and everything else after the fact."
For Millsap it was an extremely meaningful gesture.
"It's just a testament to who he is as a man," said Millsap. "He's been great all the way throughout the process and him meeting us in Paris with a check, I'm blown away. I'm blown away by the Bells community, the Bells booster club, and the surrounding communities that pitched in."
Chalaire has visited the player in the hospital where he says he continues to make progress.