Forest Hill High School rallies in honor of football player seriously injured in crash

Posted at 9:44 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:45:08-04

Students at Forest Hill High School are ready for tonight's football game. But forgive them if they have more than blocking and tackling on their minds. One of their teammates won't be there-- 17 year old Frank Velasquez.
More than 25-hundred students honored him at a pep rally.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says last Thursday night, Frank was standing outside with a friend, when a drunk driver hit them and a parked car, pinning the pair against the vehicle. Frank, a kicker for the football team, lost a leg. He's in the hospital.

His teammates and friends are heartbroken. One of this friends and football teammate said, "He's just a good person and all he does is crack jokes with everybody. He's friends with everybody."

Jude Blessington, the head football coach told WPTV, "The kids are frustrated that they can't go see him and frustrated that they can't do anything right now, there's not much to do at this point. We have talked as a team and if he's going to need us, he has a long journey ahead." So they huddled up today to rally together .

"We are trying to help through our point person a police officer who is with the family and with our kids here. Some of the kids are really taking back. i had a lot of kids crying it's been a lot." Carlos said,"I'm going to play for him, we are all going to, tonight is senior night," said Forest Hill Community High School Principal Mary Stratos.