Midlothian, VA (WWBT)- Atlee lacrosse player Cole Sydnor suffered a serious neck injury while diving into the James River with some friends last August, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and with limited motion in his arms. Cole is now a captain/coach for the Raiders as a high school junior and saw a game played to help in his recovery on Friday night.
Atlee played at James River High School on Friday and the game marked a benefit contest for Cole and his family. The Rapids donated half of their gate receipts to the Cole Sydnor Foundation that goes towards helping him with his recovery. Between the gate receipts and flat donations made by some fans at the gate, $850 dollars were raised for Cole's efforts. Atlee even treated their fallen teammate to a 9-4 victory.
The benefit game was the idea of several James River players who played on a summer lacrosse league with Cole this past year. Six current Rapids called him their teammate and felt strongly that they wanted to do something to assist in his recovery efforts.
Atlee plans to hold a benefit game next Friday, as well, when the Raiders host Hanover.