Community surprises Riley Sprowl with a gift

VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Its been nearly four months since a sledding accident changed Van Alstyne student Riley Sprowl's life completely.
Since then the community has come together to support their own.
Well he got another boost from a major league sports team with a gift his family calls... a home run.

In December, 17-year old Riley Sprowl was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a sledding accident left him with a broken neck.
Its been a tough time for Riley and his family but friends, family and community members have gone above and beyond to help out and this time his baseball teammates presented him with a touching surprise.

The Van Alstyne baseball team and dozens of local supporters showed up at Forrest Moore Baseball Fields to cheer on their teammate and surprise him with a gift at home plate.
Local artist Ron Head presented Riley with a painting as a tribute signed by 22-players of his favorite team...The Texas Rangers.
Friends say the painting is a dedication to Riley's journey to recovery and Riley's parents say this is just the latest example of how their community has stepped up to support the family.

"I think its awesome. I mean, its overwhelming at times but it helps us everyday too. Its not only on us but the whole community knowing that we have people there to supports us in any way we need it," said Karla Sprowl , Riley's mother.

Riley parents say their son is not ready to speak on camera just yet but tells us he's grateful and deeply moved by the gifts, support and kindness of the community.
They also say Riley has made it his goal to walk again someday soon.


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