Robertsdale Homecoming King Wants To Walk Again

Robertsdale Homecoming King Wants To Walk Again

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Chad new greets everyone he passes and if they’re a good friend he busts their chops a little too.  He's like any other student--with a rough story.

“It takes a lot to go from that popular kid, quarterback of the football team--from that to this,” says Robertsdale High School Homecoming King Chad New.  He’s paralyzed from the neck down.  Chad was a promising football player with plans to play for a big college.  A wreck nearly three years ago changed everything.  Chad and some friends were in a car getting high on compressed air when the car crashed near a Summerdale cemetery and slammed into a tree. 

“It changed me in a good way it opened my eyes there's more than football, there's more than sports,” says New.  Teachers say he’s been an inspiration to everyone on campus. 

“They've watched him overcome so many obstacles and he provides hope for them every day because he keeps pushing forward and setting goals and reaching them,” says Assistant Principal Rachael McDaniel.  His goals now:  to be psychologist and someday walk again.

“He's very sweet, he goes out of his way for people and would do anything for me if I asked him,” says Chad’s friend Shelbie Jones. 

Chad also urges younger students to not go down the same road he did and warns them--don't throw your life away for something stupid.

“Any kids that do anything to get high now-a-days it's just not worth it,” says Chad. 

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