In a series of stories about the recent trip we took into the heart of America we will bring you the story of Bobby Clark; the injured Priest River football player who is struggling to have a life after he suffered the games ultimate price in 2011 while playing in his Homecoming Game. A subdural bleed from a blow on the field sent Bobby to the hospital and into a Coma. Far beyond that it has forever changed his life and that of his family and in some ways his community.
Bobby’s Story is somewhat covered here in a recent KREM News Story.
Left behind and forgotten by most we wanted to meet this amazing young man and try and get to know him and to support him. So we hatched up a plan on our one week off as we traveled to Coeur d’Alene not to celebrate D-1 5 Stars or future NFL players or any of that. But rather to support this one amazing young man and to celebrate the best aspects of our game and the Character it builds.
So we reached out to a few kids we know and have covered in the Spokane-CdA area and asked them if we could come together to support Bobby Clark and play a little football. With the help of the Vikings of Coeur d’Alene and their most amazing Coach Shawn Amos a small event was allowed to happen at the school. All Coach could do was offer space. The rest was brought together by a tremendous group of High School student athletes.
Never having met Bobby we were excited to see what we could do to get him an emotional lift. Being around Brain Injury survivors for many years we did know it was going to be emotional and a chance for others to learn about Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. A chance to have a reality check about what the game can do outside the touchdowns and Friday Night Lights.
The idea was for kids still in the game to bring a fallen brother, Bobby Clark, into the fold and give him a chance to share his story. What resulted was nothing short of a miracle as Bobby came and inspired and rejoiced with his fellow players. By the end of the event everyone that was there had a better understanding of what can happen and a new special friend in Bobby Clark. They also had fun and knew for one night anyway they had contributed and helped out a fellow player and human being. Bobby made sure of that.
MORE COVERAGE COMING ON THIS EVENT
In the first interview from this event we caught up to Chase Blakley and talked to him about the event and his future at the UW. Look for more on this story and the interviews that came out of it.