Tenn. (TSU News Service)
– The City of South Fulton, Georgia, has declared December 19 ‘Christion
Abercrombie Day,’ in honor of injured Tennessee State University football
player Christion Abercrombie.
City Mayor William
“Bill” Edwards recently made the proclamation during a ceremony at Westlake
High School, where the TSU linebacker graduated.
Atlanta native, rose to national prominence last year after suffering a severe
brain injury in TSU’s game against Vanderbilt on Sept. 29. His
remarkable recovery was described as a miracle.
In a statement at
the Westlake ceremony, Abercrombie said he feels great.
“I thank God. I
feel amazing,” he said. “I thank everybody for coming out, my friends and
family. I just thank everybody for their support and prayers.”
In addition to
Mayor Edwards, several city dignitaries, and the South Fulton School Board
president and members attended the event. TSU head football coach Rod
Reed, along with some members of his coaching staff, as well as Abercrombie’s
little league tag football coach, also attended the program. Gus Morris, an SEC
official, who regularly visited Abercrombie during his recovery, attended the
Christion Abercrombie Day ceremony.
Christion’s mother, said she wants ‘Christion Abercrombie Day’ to be special to
everyone in South Fulton.
“This is a city
that we both grew up in,” she said. “We are from Atlanta, and it was annexed
two years ago, and I want everyone to know if you have faith in God and you are
one who can fight and be a pillar of the community, you are honored in such a
way. Christion exemplifies all of that. He’s given so much to this
community, not just through football, but as a student-athlete and we are just
very thankful that today we celebrate Christion Abercrombie Day.”
During this year’s
Homecoming at TSU, Christion was honored as a grand marshal, and received a
Special Presidential Recognition from TSU President Glenda Glover. HBCU Digest
also named Christion “Male Athlete of the Year,” during the organization’s
annual honoring gala in Washington, D.C.
has announced the formation of the “Christion Abercrombie Foundation,” a nonprofit
organization to assist families dealing with brain injuries.
“The mission of the foundation is to bring awareness to traumatic brain injury through education and outreach to families and patients,” Staci Abercrombie said. “What we have learned is that there are severe cases, like Christion’s was. We want to partner with medical staff, coaches and therapists on how everyone can work together in providing the necessary care.”
As part of his quest to obtain a degree in sports medicine, Christion Abercrombie currently takes online courses at TSU.
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