Girl Power: Buckets of Help
The girls on the Midland Trinity volleyball team don't personally know Wink's Payton Hrncir.
"I've never met her," said Trinity senior Kaitlin Hendrick, "but we've played against her and you recognize people when you play them over and over again."
Simply knowing her story, though, was enough for them. In July Payton was paralyzed from the waist down in an ATV accident.
"For her to actually be at the scrimmages on Friday, her there in her wheelchair supporting her teammates I don't think I would have been able to do that," said Lady Chargers' senior Margo Edwards. "I just can't imagine anything like that happening to me or any of my teammates, so, it would be devastating."
"It just spoke a lot about her character as a person," Hendrick added.
Inspired by Payton's passion and optimism the Trinity team knew they wanted to help. At their season opener last night they held a fundraiser aid a member of their volleyball family.
"I think for them it was just, hey this is someone who is our age who is going through something really difficult in their life and we just want to try to help," said Trinity's head volleyball coach Ann Stroup.
"We are passing around a bucket at our game tonight to collect money for Payton," said Edwards.
"They were very positive, favorable, excited to help somebody out and especially being volleyball players they wanted to help someone out who also plays volleyball," said Stroup.
Through their efforts, the Lady Chargers showed that power not only comes from overcoming obstacles, but also helping someone to get started.
"I hope that it teaches them to reach out to others and help others," Stroup said, "and just know that they can do something and have some small idea and carry it forward and make a difference."