A GoFundMe page has been set up for a Pleasant Plains High School football player who suffered a medical emergency during Saturday night's game at Riverton.
Jayden Veesenmeyer, a senior running back, exited the game before collapsing on the team's sidelines.
Veesenmeyer was attended to by medical personnel who were on-site before an ambulance arrived about 20 minutes later.
The GoFundMe page said Veesenmeyer had emergency surgery and was set up to help offset medical expenses for the family.
Our students and staff came together as one to support Jayden and his family. pic.twitter.com/RHNsTUSGAB
— plainssports (@plainssports) September 26, 2022
Saturday's game was halted and will be concluded at a date yet to be determined.
The school postponed Sunday's homecoming parade and made counselors available to students Sunday.
Many area schools were posting supportive messages on different social media platforms.
Thoughts and prayers and as many good wishes as we can send go out to @Plains_Football family and community.
— Springfield High School (IL) Sports (@SHSSports) September 25, 2022
The Petersburg PORTA football moms group is encouraging fans wear red and blue, Plains' school colors, to Friday's "Blacktop Bragging Rights Game" between PORTA and Athens at Petersburg.
Justice Graphics in Athens is selling #JAYDENSTRONG t-shirts, sweatshirts and decals. The company said all profits will be donated back to Veesenmeyer's family to help cover any expenses.
A candlelight vigil for Veesenmeyer and his family will be held in the parking lot of HSHS St. John's Women's and Children's Clinic, 400 N. Ninth St., at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will be led by St. John's Lutheran (ELCA) Church pastor, the Rev. Greg Busboom.
Prayers to Jayden and the Pleasant Plains community from Pawnee Football. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CtulOrzWn6
— Pawnee Indians Football (@IndiansPawnee) September 25, 2022
Sports writer Ryan Mahan contributed to this story. Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, email@example.com, twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.
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