Once your are part of a team or organization, you are apart of it for life. This is no more true than with college athletics. These athletes are around the coaching staff and teammates for almost the entire day, and the inevitable happens, you become a family.
And when a member of the family is in need, you step up and help out.
This is exactly what happened with former Colorado State defensive lineman Eli Edwards this past week. Edwards lost his wife earlier this month. She had been battling lupus in New Zealand.
Edwards and his daughter were by her side while she was going through treatments, but lofty travel expenses have left the two stuck in New Zealand, unable to get back to the United States.
To help cover the costs of travel and the funeral, Edwards reached out to his family and friends for donations through a GoFundMe account.
The response has been very generous, but the largest donation has come from Edwards’ former coach, Jim McElwain, in the sum of $5,000, according to National Football Foundation.
McElwain recently took the head coach position at the University of Florida, after three seasons at Colorado State. Despite this, it is clear that he has not forgotten about his former players.
So far over $20,000 has been raised for the Edwards family since the campign started ten days ago. This shows just how much people will do when a member of their own is in need.
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