University of South Carolina student Martha Childress, who was paralyzed as a result of a gunshot wound suffered on Oct. 13 in Columbia's Five Points bar district, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before South Carolina's home baseball game against Furman on Tuesday night. Childress was introduced by second-year head coach Chad Holbrook and presented with a $1,000 check to be deposited into the trust fund that has been established to help cover her medical expenses. (Find out how to make your own donation right here.)
Holbrook revealed that Childress will be back as a full-time student this fall and remarked that she is personification of the baseball team's popular mantras "Battle" and "Win Anyway."
Watch the whole thing in this video, which also features Cocky stealing a little too much focus considering the occasion.
Holbrook described Childress as "our university's sweetheart" and the outpouring of support and enthusiasm on Twitter in reaction to her public appearance certainly reflected that.
Martha Childress throwing out the first pitch for tonight's game pic.twitter.com/ltqHcenI4r— Austin Lewis (@Austin_C_Lewis) March 11, 2014
Touching moment as @GamecockBasebll, @cholbrook2 honor Martha Childress at Carolina Stadium pic.twitter.com/MkoQ1CUZ12— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) March 11, 2014
Martha Childress honored before the game tonight vs Furman. #News19 #GamecockBaseball pic.twitter.com/LDixtjrYXj— Van Lott (@VanWLTX) March 11, 2014
USC student Martha Childress, wounded by a bullet in 5 Points last fall, honored before tonight's baseball game pic.twitter.com/N1956uwKr3— Brian McConchie (@BMcConchie) March 11, 2014
Martha Childress you look great!! #battle #winanyway pic.twitter.com/axkoiwSAXg— Lesley Lawrimore (@lesusc1) March 11, 2014