As the parent of a young athlete, I was devastated when I learned about the injury to Aidan Carlson, the sophomore football player for St. Charles North High School. I do not know Aidan or anyone in his family. But, like most in this community, my heart broke for that young man, his family and his coaches and teammates.
While my son doesn't play football, he too could face a serious head injury like the one Aidan suffered. As we all know, any child who plays any sport is at risk for injuries. While I can't say I can empathize with Aidan's parents, as my son has never been hurt while playing, I certainly can sympathize with the horror they're going through.
Aidan's situation has really put things into perspective for me. As much as I want my son to be successful and win as often as possible, the reality is that winning and losing means nothing when it comes to an injured player; especially a life-threatening injury like the one Aidan suffered.
It was very nice to see the players from the St. Charles East High School football team send Aidan a get-well card, and take to social media to wish him well. In fact, I saw parents and young athletes from all over the area extend their thoughts and well-wishes for a speedy recovery on Twitter. That's what this community does- we come together to support each other, especially when something like this happens.
Get well soon, Aidan. Everyone is this community is rooting for you.