Mt. Vernon’s “car push challenge” for Hunter Philipps


(WEHT) – High School athletes have been creative with their home workout videos, but now some Mt. Vernon athletes are taking it to another level.

The Wildcats are using social media for their “car push challenge” and it’s for a good cause says volleyball coach, Megan DeVault.

“If we were at school, we would already be doing things to support him, and I was coming up with a pretty simple way to do that.”

Junior pitcher, Hunter Philipps had a terrible dirt bike accident. Three weeks ago, suffering major head trauma and was unconscious for a week. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. His father, Terry Philipps, is happy he’s okay.

“Quite honestly, that’s all I prayed for, was hey, keep him alive, and we will make do with what we got. He’s progressing, his doctors say he’s doing well.”

Mt. Vernon’s volleyball coach, Megan DeVault jump started the campaign, using social media and the hashtag WE-ARE-MV to bring them closer and urge the importance of safety.

Mt. Vernon high school wrestler, and close friend Dalton Schmidt, is impressed with how everyone showed up. He explains, it’s hard to fathom.

“It’s crazy how a community can come together, in just a couple of weeks, especially during this pandemic. You know, social media plays such a huge role in everything and everyone can just show their support.”

His girlfriend, Baylee Boerner, agrees, and said people started to rally together despite differences.

“Even people we didn’t know the best, we put our problems aside, we are all in it for Hunter.”

It’s clear the Wildcats know how to step up to the plate when their number is called.

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