In support of a Hardin Valley Academy alumnus facing huge medical bills following an accident while on vacation in Florida during the Memorial Day weekend, HVA alumni, teachers, administrators, parents and students came together to host Hardin Valley Trey Byrd Cornhole Benefit Saturday afternoon, Aug. 21, in the school’s upper parking lot.
With 68 participants forming 34 two-person teams, “close to $3,000” was raised for Trey Byrd,
a 2011 HVA graduate paralyzed from the waist down following a diving accident, said Lee
Warren, a 2012 graduate and friend of Byrd’s — both former Hawks football teammates —
who spearheaded the Benefit effort.
“We thought it went really well,” Warren added. “We had a really good turnout; it was
a great weather day. The Byrd family was there minus Trey, and they were very
appreciative, very happy of how it went.”
Winning teams in the two tournament categories — Matthew Eldridge and Walker
Lockhart in 17-and-Under; and Noah Fleming and Mike Phelps in 18-and-Over —
each received $100.
However, “The cool thing is, both winners donated that money back,” Warren said.
As for Byrd’s condition, especially in regard to his upper body, “My understanding is that he has been progressing,” Warren said. “He’s been moved to an apartment now for rehab.”