Dan Deer has been a volunteer assistant coach for more than 25 years at Gibson Southern. After seeing his team struggle through their classmate’s accident, he finds a way for the team to help.
On the field, they work together to win. “We’re defiantly a family. Our football team is a family,” says junior Zachary Floyd. That family is now coming together to help 17 year old Isaac Sollman, and 16 year old, Grant Ziliak. Tuesday their four-wheelers collided head-on. “A lot of us were scared because we didn’t know what was going to happen. We didn’t know the whole story or situation,” says Floyd. As the teens heal in the hospital, the Gibson Southern Football Team will raise money for their medical expenses. “A lot of people were shocked and just couldn’t believe something like this happened. Those guys ride four-wheelers all the time, and there has never been an accident before, like this. Everyone has been scared and worried about them,” says junior Eric Wallace.
Teammates, Zachary floyd and Eric Wallace, say the accident has effected their close-nit school. “It’s been hard, we have been supporting each other,” says Floyd. “They were great guys, they were really popular, everyone liked them, and they were really involved,” says Wallace.
Football players will fundraise by going door to door selling Dewing meat products. “The community has given back so much to us, so we wanted to give back to the community. That is what we have been taught,” says Wallace. “It’s tough for these kids. They want to help, and they want to be apart of something to do for them,” says Dan Deer.
It was assistant coach Deer’s idea to have the team raise money. “It’s hard for them to see their friends get hurt like that in a manor that was just an accident,” says Deer. The hard work and drive the Gibson Southern Titans display on the field, will now be seen off the field. “We are ready to go out there and sell as much as we can. We want to help them so they don’t have to worry about the money, and they can just worry about the boys,” says Wallace. “If a kid knocks on your door and he’s going to sell you some ribs, or Boston butt, please help out. That’s all we ask,” says Deer.
The football team will be concentrating their door to door sales in Haubstadt, Fort Branch, and Owensville. If you would like to help contact the school at (812) 753-3011