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Westover students help former track star


Westover High School students put a cap on the school week by helping out a former student in need.

Friday was "Hats for CJ Day" at Westover. Any student who paid at least a dollar was allowed to wear a hat to class today.

The money is being raised to help with medical costs for former Patriot track star CJ Reddix.

Reddix was driving back to Tennessee Temple University from the Alabama- LSU football game earlier this fall when he was seriously injured in a car wreck.

He is still recovering in the burn trauma ICU at the University of Alabama Birmingham hospital.

His former coach says it's great to see students coming together for one of their own.

"[CJ] gave us four years of athletic ability at Westover in track and field," says head track coach Harley Calhoun. "He did well for the school and represented the school well. He was one of the model student-athletes that you always want to have and I feel like the students are giving back to help him."

Reddix's mother says CJ is doing well, but still has months of recovery ahead of him. He is still on ventilator, but has begun moving his arms and legs.

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