Chance Veazey was living out his dream. He had a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Georgia. He impressed his coach so much during fall workouts that he was already penciled in as the starting second baseman.
Tragedy struck before Veazey made it to opening day.
Late last month, the freshman wrapped up a routine study session at the campus learning center, hopped on his scooter and drove out into the night. He never made it to where he was going, colliding with a car along the way. Sprawled out on the ground, he couldn’t feel anything in his legs.
Veazey, it turned out, had sustained a devastating spinal cord injury.
The grim diagnosis: paralyzed below the waist.