Friends, school representatives and community members are putting several fundraising events to help the family during his treatment in Columbia and what is expected to be a lengthy recovery.

Fundraising efforts are underway for an Eldon Mustang football player who was seriously injured during practice Wednesday afternoon. 

According to a release from Eldon School District Superintendent Matt Davis, a high school player took a hard hit during practice. Coaches followed proper safety procedure and called for emergency personnel. He was "always conscious and breathing appropriately”.  

The young man was flown to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment. He underwent surgery on Wednesday evening and was reported to be recovering on Thursday. 

The young man was described as member of the junior class, an athlete, band member, interested in architecture and a good student. 

Friends, school representatives and community members are putting several fundraising events to help the family during his treatment in Columbia and what is expected to be a lengthy recovery. 

Anyone interested in donating can check out the Eldon Mustang Facebook page or drop off donations at Thursday evening’s volleyball game between the Mustangs and Osage Indians at the Eldon High School gymnasium. On Friday, donations will be taken at Victor Field at the Eldon Middle School during the Mustang’s Homecoming Game against Warsaw on Friday evening. 

Editor’s note: Due to the seriousness of the injuries. HIPAA concerns and privacy rights, the Lake Sun will not release the name of the player without parental consent.