The Clayton State University Athletic Department turned out once again on Saturday, May 19 to support a fellow Laker, Zac Bradley.
In November 2011, a full week of events, including a blood drive, a gospel concert and a Clayton State basketball doubleheader, were held as part of Zac Bradley Benefit Week. Each event was held raise awareness for the transfusion needs of critically injured people and to raise money for Help Hope Live in honor of Bradley, a native of Riverdale, Ga., and a former prep standout at North Clayton High School., who is now confined to a wheelchair after a fluke traffic accident.
On May 19, the ”Walk for ZAC,” a community walk and rally beginning at North Clayton High School and continuing down Highway 314 to Flat Shoals Park, was held by Help Hope Live to salute “hometown " athletes from the counties of Clayton, South Fulton and Fayette. All donations were sent directly to Help Hope Live, a Radnor, Pa.-based nonprofit organization (www.helphopelive.org) that has been assisting with the catastrophically injured community for more than 10 years.
Turning out on Saturday to support Bradley was enough talent to put together pretty good basketball team, along with coaches, a trainer and even administrative support. Pictured in the accompanying photo are (from left to right): Clayton State Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Brent Buchanan, Clayton State Men’s Basketball Coach Gordon Gibbons, First Team NCAA Division II All-American Tanisha Woodard, fellow 2011/2012 Clayton State Captain (along with Woodard) Brittany Hall, Clayton State Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach Kaleena Coleman, Clayton State Assistant Athletic Trainer Laura Horsley, Lakers starting center Shacamra Jackson, Laker freshman basketball player Jessica Covington, senior men’s basketball player Torrin Greene, Athletic Department Administrative Assistant Pat Keane, and Keane’s husband, John.
Bradley played for Clayton State in the 2010/2011 season as a freshman, helping pace the Lakers to a 19-10 mark. He was leaving the Clayton State campus on May 25, 2011, when, during a terrible storm, a tree fell on his car.
Bradley was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries on his brain, neck and spinal cord. He spent the summer of 2011 in rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, before coming home in the fall.
For more information about Bradley and the medical fundraising efforts, go to http://www.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/4020DEAA-D857-4104-4651614FF6509D6A.