Gales was injured during a kickoff return against the Bulldogs on Sept. 26. As he began his long and difficult recovery at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, Gales also built a rapport with Georgia and its fan base. He returned to Athens several times, visiting both the football and basketball teams, each time receiving a rousing welcome from those in the stands. It was during a late-February press conference, in which the family appeared to thank all those who had supported them, that Gales was surprised by the Triumph Over Tragedy promise of a new home.
The group hopes to complete the project by the end of summer, Jones said, depending upon the flow of contributions.