Have you heard the name of Grapevine High School Baseball player Chris Gavora? On Feb. 22, 2007 Chris Gavora and his Grapevine High School teammates were warming up for their opening game. Chris was pitching to a teammate when a line drive passed through openings in 2 cages and struck him in the head. Chris was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery but unfortunetly was unable to survive his injury. He died just two days later on Saturday Feb. 25, 2007. It has been a little over five years since this tragic accident happened and yet in our community of Grapevine, TX we hear this story over and over again as each new baseball season approaches.
The accident hurt every coach and player to the core, but what happened in the next few days couldn’t take the pain away but eased it more than anyone could have imagined. Just a week after Chris had turned 17 he was ready to get his license. He saw the option to donate his organs and didn’t think twice about it. His mother had told him that they should go home and talk to his dad about it but Chris said, “I know what it means, and I’m going to do it.” That decision saved the lives of six people, Brad Walker was on the verge of death from suffering with Cystic Fibrosis, he got Chris’ lungs. A 10-year-old boy in Arkansas got Chris’ heart. A 27-year-old male software engineer got his liver. A 54-year-old diabetic and father of four got Chris’ pancreas. A 14-year-old boy got one of Chris’ kidneys. A 29-year-old single mother got the other and attends nursing school.
Chris loved movies and reciting quotes from them. He loved music and playing the guitar, and was a New York Yankees fan. He liked going to the mall and playing video games. He shared a car with his twin sister, Catherine. And he loved baseball, which he’d played since he was 4.
For the 5th anniversary of Chris’ death we wanted to do something special for the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund and the baseball teams of local rivals Grapevine High School Mustangs and the Panthers of Colleyville Heritage High School.
GHS and CHHS have two games they play against each other this season. The first game is on Thursday March 17, 2011 at Grapevine High School. The second game is on Friday April 8th, 2011 at Colleyville Heritage. As a Corporate Sponsor for the Education Foundation we will donate $1 for every new fan we gain to our Classic Chevy Facebook Page to the Education Foundation and those proceeds will be distributed to the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The second part of this contest goes like this….. It’s the CHHS VS GHS Baseball Battle! Come to our Facebook Page and write on our wall which school you support. You don’t have to be a student. You can be a parent, a teacher, a resident of Colleyville or Grapevine, or anyone. The contest will end on Thursday April 7, 2011 and the school that has the most support on our fan page wins the Baseball Battle! That winning team will be rewarded. On April 8 when CHHS and GHS hit the field it won’t matter who wins the game what will matter is how many runs are scored because the winner of the Baseball Battle on Facebook will get $25 per run scored to their teams booster club. So for instance if CHHS wins the Baseball Battle on Facebook but GHS wins the game 10-8 well CHHS will get a check from Classic Chevrolet through the Education Foundation for $450! The winner of the game will also get a special gift to be determined later. So as you can see both CHHS and GHS will come out as winners!! Let us know if you have any questions.
Don’t forget to visit our Fan Page and become a fan today. We’ll donate $1 per fan to the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund. While you’re visiting don’t forget to write on our wall which school you support! Contest runs 3/16/2011 – 4/7/2011.