Football player paralyzed during Georgia game receives wheelchair-accessible home


Three hundred and forty-two days ago a Georgia construction company broke ground on a lot that would become a long-awaited home. On Thursday, Devon Gales and his family moved in to the wheelchair-accessible house built specifically for them. 

Gales, a former Southern University player, suffered a spinal injury during a kickoff return against the University of Georgia in 2015. The collision with former Bulldogs kicker Marshall Morgan left Gales paralyzed from the waist down. 

Multiple organizations, Georgia alumni and donors contributed to the project before Currahee Home Builders got to work on the property. The lot, located in Jefferson, Georgia where Gales works as an assistant high school football coach, was donated by former Bulldogs linebacker Whit Marshall.

The 5,000-square-foot home features a large bathroom for Gales that he jokingly told 11Alive was bigger than his gym, individual rooms for his brother and sister and a section for his parents. 

“We’ve been through a lot through these past years, but we overcame a whole bunch of stuff,” Gales told 11Alive in May. 

A Facebook post on the Build for Devon page announced the family would privately enjoy their “finished, furnished and decorated home” Thursday before everyone gets “to revel in the day’s events at a block-party style celebration” August 10. 

With Gales continuing to progress in his recovery and a new accommodating space to live in, the family has much to celebrate this summer. 

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