McGregor Gymnast Blake Hyland To Receive An Award
Inspired By The Film ‘When The Game Stands Tall’
Sept. 12, 2014 –Blake Hyland of McGregor, TX will be presented with the Stand Tall Award on Friday, September 12th at 4:30PM at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas(4707 Bengal Street, Dallas, TX 75235). Blake was nearly killed in a gymnastics accident on February 18th of this year. Presenting the award to Blake is NFL wide receiver Bethel Johnson, who earned two Super Bowl rings while with the New England Patriots.
Blake was critically injured while attempting a new trick which involved jumping off of a vault, flipping and twisting in the air and landing on his feet in a foam pit. Paramedics rushed the 14 year old to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco for emergency surgery, and was later transferred to Cook Children’s. Days after the accident he was given 50/50 odds of survival. Blake not only survived but has endured a number of surgeries along with months of rehabilitation. Due to his hard work and determination, Blake has just recently tested at his grade level (9th grade) or higher in education. His tenacity exemplifies the qualities deserving of Dallas‘ Stand Tall Award.
Sony Pictures and Lids are partnering together on the Stand Tall Awards inspired by Sony’s new film When the Game Stands Tall, currently in theaters nationwide. The Stand Tall Awardswill be given out in select markets, including Dallas, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans and more, to honor high school sport teams, coaches and athletes who have overcome hardships and triumphed in the face of adversity. These inspirational honorees will be presented with a gift card to the sports apparel store Lids along with an additional $500 cash prize.
Across the country as school sports get into full swing, athletes are experiencing WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL together. The film features Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST,Person of Interest) as Coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his De La Salle High School Spartans to the nation’s longest win streak with a focus on commitment, character and giving a “perfect effort.”
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