Lexington soccer community helps player injured in bicycle accident

LYSA player Sierra Simpson, 10, donated a $1 to take this shot on goal.
LYSA player Sierra Simpson, 10, donated a $1 to take this shot on goal. Herald-Leader

Members of Lexington's soccer community turned out Monday to help one of their own, Shaina Whitt, 15, who was injured in a bicycle accident last month.

"This is what we do," said soccer mom Terry Woods, who helped organize the Labor Day fund-raiser at Masterson Station Park.

A player in the Lexington Youth Soccer Association, Shaina was injured when she was hit while riding her bike across Man o' War Boulevard. Members of the organization have rallied behind her and her family as she recovers.

Several dozen people milled about the otherwise empty soccer fields buying bumper stickers and T-shirts in gray and neon orange, Shaina's team colors. The main draw, along with food from several local vendors, was "Goals for Shaina" a chance to take a shot on goal for a $1.

Louis Jones, Shaina's former coach and another organizer, said the money raised would help offset the Whitt family's medical bills.

Although Jones said the family is not making public comments at this time, a Facebook page created shortly after the Aug. 3 accident, "Prayers for Shaina Whitt," is updated nearly every day.

This was posted Sunday: "Shaina has done well the last couple of days. She is progressing with her therapy, sitting up on her own ... and beating the therapist playing Wii."

Melanie Hogan, whose daughter Alyssa has played soccer with Shaina, said she had wanted to help from the minute she heard about Shaina's accident, but she wasn't quite sure what to do. She was glad to pour her energy into the fund-raiser.

Organizers decided on the "goals for Shaina" theme because it was a way everyone could help, Woods said, adding it was important for teens, like her daughter Hope to have an outlet for their concerns and their desire to help their friend.

Lexi Caudill, one of Shaina's former teammates, said her friend's accident has taught her to be grateful for what she has.

"I think this just shows us how important things can be and how important friends can be to each other," she said.