HAMLET — A softball tournament to benefit the family of crash victim Jonathan Griggs has a new date and new location.
The co-ed tourney is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Babe Ruth baseball fields in Hamlet, organizer Adrian Leviner said. Initially planned June 27, the event was postponed due to inclement weather and a soggy Parsons Field.
Relatives and friends have planned the tournament to help Griggs’ family with medical expenses weeks after the 30-year-old Hamlet native was found unconscious behind the wheel of his wrecked car May 30 near McColl, South Carolina.
Griggs was taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence with serious injuries that required doctors to amputate one of his legs.
Peggy Davis, Griggs’ mother, said Davis said her son remained in the McLeod trauma intensive care unit from May 30 to June 17 before he was finally transferred to a regular ICU room after he came off the ventilator. He suffered a broken hip joint, broken pelvis, bruised lungs and a broken nose and collarbone.
Leviner said she and Griggs went to school together in Hamlet and that she was best friends with two of his cousins.
“When I heard they amputated his leg, that really got to me,” Leviner said. “That, and him being my age and everything else that happened to him. It really hit home.”
Knowing how expensive the hospital stay and surgeries could potentially be, Leviner decided to organize a benefit for the family.
Entry fees are $200 per team — or about $15 per person. Concessions will be sold at the field, and donations for hot dogs, buns, chips and cases of Gatorade and water are still being accepted.
Donations can be dropped off at the Richmond County Daily Journal office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham. For more information, call Leviner at 910-417-8942
Leviner said several local people and businesses have donated gift cards that will be raffled off and given out between games, and the Daily Journal is donating a free one-year subscription to the paper as a prize.
“All proceeds go directly to the family,” Leviner said.
Griggs also has a message for his friends and family.
“He’s told everybody, ‘Thank you for your prayers and just keep on praying for me,’” Davis said. “He knows people are praying and that it’s a miracle he’s still here. When people ask what they can do for me, I just say pray. More prayers.”
A GoFundMe campaign is accepting personal donations to the family. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/w6twfs on the Web.