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Hornets Raise Money for Injured Tuskegee Player

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Author: Travis Jarome

Release Date: Aug 06, 2018

Alabama State University donated funds to help an injured Tuskegee University football player.

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Alabama State University and Tuskegee University put their football rivalry aside recently to lend support for an injured Tuskegee player.

Hill-Eley presented the Golden Tigers a $1,500 check for funds raised for injured Tuskegee linebacker Jabari Bailey. On July 11, Memphis-area news outlets reported that Bailey, who was scheduled to join the Golden Tigers football team for football camp this summer, sustained a career-ending injury. His “good Samaritan” act of helping a friend whose car left him stranded on the side of the road resulted in Bailey being struck by another car. The impact of the crash pinned Bailey between the two cars, instantly severing one of his legs.

“We are going to compete with them," Hill-Eley said. "We are going to play them hard just like any other game, but when it comes to one of our guys that is down, whether it is Alabama State or Tuskegee we are going to support our kids. My heart just goes out to that program and the family.”

NCAA rules permit Tuskegee to pay directly for Jabari’s actual and necessary expenses related to him and his family. A GoFundMe account has been set up and extends beyond that scope of covering rehabilitation and any other related expenses. The GoFundMe effort is in compliance with NCAA rules and allows all fans, donors and supporters to contribute to these particular expenses.

ASU opens the season at home against Tuskegee September 1 in the Labor Day Classic, with kickoff set for 5 p.m.

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