L.A. Dodgers Players Design T-Shirt Honoring College Teammate with Spinal Cord Injury
Kyle Farmer and Alex Wood help design T-shirt to raise money for Shepherd Center in honor of former patient Chance Veazey.
L.A. Dodgers teammates Kyle Farmer and Alex Wood have teamed up with Athletes Brand on a limited-edition T-shirt to honor former Shepherd Center patient Chance Veazey, a mutual friend and teammate when they played baseball at the University of Georgia. Veazey sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a motorized scooter accident in 2009. Shortly after the accident, both Farmer and Wood inked matching tattoos on the inside of their arms that read “Second Chance” in recognition of their friend.
Proceeds from shirt sales will benefit Shepherd Center, where Veazey underwent rehabilitation after his accident.
"Chance’s injury was devastating but we’re all so thankful that his rehabilitation at Shepherd Center improved his circumstances,” Farmer said. “We chose to support Shepherd Center knowing it will help improve the lives of other patients like him who have a spinal cord injury.”
The trio’s tight-knit relationship has garnered well-deserved attention in recent months, as Farmer’s first at-bat in a Major League game on July 30, 2017, resulted in a walk-off double. Every time Wood takes the mound, he takes Veazey with him, as he sports a glove etched with C.V.J.T – the latter two initials belonging to Johnathan Taylor, another Georgia Bulldog baseball player who sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in an in-game collision with a teammate in 2011.
The limited-edition “Second Chance” T-shirt can be purchased at AthletesBrand.com from now until Monday, October 9. Co-designed by Farmer and Wood, the shirt features a Los Angeles blue and the phrase both players use to honor their friend. The tri-blend shirt is available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes.
More information about the campaign is available at AthletesBrand.com.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.