Hornet Pays It Forward

Justin Wilson - Yal

An Emporia State student-athlete has donated $1,030 to the family of a chinese exchange student who has been in the hospital since early November after being struck by a vehicle.

Justin Wilson, a freshman football player, watched in August as his family home in Oklahoma burned to the ground. Their home was a victim of wildfires that tore through Oklahoma for a week.

Emporia State University set up a fund for Wilson and his family to help them get back on their feet.

Now, after hearing about what happened to fellow Hornet Yali Huang, he has decided to donate the remaining money from the fund to Huang and her family.

Huang, 22, is an exchange student from China, who was struck by a vehicle while crossing an Emporia street on November 1. She was in a coma for ten weeks and left with severe trauma to her brain.

Huang’s parents have said that she will most likely need 24 hour nurse care for the rest of her life.

Huang now is ready to begin her rehabilitation and is flying back to China on Sunday.

Friday, Wilson visited Huang and her family at the hospital and surprised them with the gift. This was the first time Wilson and Huang met.

Wilson says, “ESU is a family. Thank you to everyone who donated to me. You helped me give to somebody else.”