Community comes together to support Union football player after traumatic brain injury

Posted at 5:11 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 15:53:00-04

TULSA, Okla. -- A Union High School football player is making a speedy recovery after a blow to the head in last week's game.

He went through surgery and is now in rehab for a traumatic brain injury.

In the days following Keviyon Cooper's surgery, students are using the hashtag #KevStrong. After Cooper was injured, students did not know how to react.

"I couldn't believe that it happened. But he'll get over it. He is a strong kid. Kev is coming back," senior Shamar Morrow said.

Cooper went through surgery following the injury, and the athletic department said he's made a remarkable recovery. His friends said they miss him in the classroom, as well as on the field.

"He was a really cool person. We would help each other with math and stuff. If you asked him for a favor he did it," Santhose Kumar said.

The football team is continuing their season, with players sporting Cooper's number 11 on their helmets in support.

"Union's a family. We're all one big family so we stick together in all that we do, you know?" Morrow said.

Cooper is also a known track athlete at Union and students said he received a full scholarship to OU for next year. His friends are hopeful that he'll be able to participate in the season ahead.

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