Jeremiah Williams
Jeremiah Williams
A Greenville football player has received an outpouring of support from people in Madison after a horrific injury during Friday night’s bout with Madison Central.

Madison countians have been at the center of the outpouring. John Rea, whose son plays for the Jaguars, was at the game. Rea started an online fundraiser for the family.

“I was at the game and watching all that I was just thinking and praying. Sometime Saturday it hit me that this was something I could do,” Rea said.

The AP reported Monday that Jeremiah Williams, a junior defensive back, was transported to University Medical Center in Jackson where he remains hospitalized and on a ventilator. Williams was injured while trying to make a tackle and he received medical attention on the field. The remainder of the game was canceled. 

His Coach Sherrod Gideon told the AP he fracture two vertebrae in his neck. 

Rea’s fundraiser benefiting Jeremiah Williams was posted on the site has blown well past its original $10,000 goal to more than $38,098 by Wednesday afternoon. The tracker says it has received money from just short of 750 patrons. Rea said this included a lady from as far away as California.

“I think it came in Sunday evening and she left a message that she just had to do something when she heard the news. She has a son that plays football and is getting ready to go into the playoffs like many of our kids are and she said that protection is something she prays for before every game,” Rea said.

Sheri Shramek, Director of the Mississippi Coaches Wives Association and wife of Germantown’s Tim Shramek, said that they have organized a drive to provide the family with money and gift cards to cover the costly expenses of being away from home.

“This is something the Coaches Wives Association has done in the past for families with children at Batson and we decided this was one of the best ways we can help,” Shramek said. “It’s a very specific need we knew we could address.”

The MCWA already delivered one batch of Visa gift cards, cash and gift cards to restaurants and is collecting more to be delivered soon.

Rea said that he has communicated with Wiliams’ mother, Lashona Williams, and has set her up to receive the proceeds from the fundraiser. He said he has also met with Gideon, who was at the hospital most of the weekend.

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