Upon Saturday return home, Devon Gales will be honored at SU basketball game
BATON ROUGE - Southern University will throw a welcome home party for injured football player Devon Gales Saturday.
Gales, who was hurt in a game in September. During a collision during a third-quarter kickoff, Gales suffered several fractures in his neck in what doctors described as a "burst injury."
Last week, Gales was released from the rehabilitation center where he'd spent the last few months learning to move around again. WBRZ was granted exclusive access to his last week at the Shepherd Medical Center in Atlanta.
Gales and his family spent the last week in Georgia and will return to Baton Rouge Saturday. Gales will arrive at the airport around 11 a.m. and Southern said it is planning an afternoon of activities. Among them, a salute after the women’s basketball game and ahead of the men's game against Prairie View. Saturday is Senior Day for the basketball teams.
Tipoff for the Jaguar's men's team is 5 p.m at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
"The Lord chose me for something. He wanted me to use other people to get to him. I'm not mad, there's nothing to be mad for," Gales said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington last week. "You always have that day when you're doing to be sad or something, and somebody else is going to have that good day, so why not pick that other person up."
The entire day's schedule:
11 a.m. - Welcoming party at BTR airport
12 p.m. (approx.) - Private meeting with football team in Tony Clayton room
2 p.m. - Women's Basketball game (Senior Day after game)
4:05 p.m. (approx.) - Devon Gales salute - After Women's Basketball senior day ceremony
5 pm tipoff - Men's basketball game vs. Prairie View (Senior Day after game)
7:10 p.m. (approx.) - Gales' Meet and Greet - SU VIP section.
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