Members of the South Dakota men's basketball team had the opportunity to visit Sunrise Villa in Irene, Sept. 26 for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunrise Villa is attached to Sunset Manor Nursing Home. Sunrise Villa is South Dakota's only long term rehabilitation center for people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
"It was a very humbling experience for our guys," South Dakota assistant men's basketball coach Joey James said. "If they didn't appreciate how grateful they are and how precious life can be, I guarantee you they do now. We also appreciated the residents allowing us to come over and visit with them. They were very entertaining and great hosts."
The Coyote student-athletes had a chance to interact with the residents and spend some time hearing their stories and talking basketball.
Brain injuries can occur at any age and can happen through heart attacks, strokes, violence, car accidents, sports injuries, etc., which can greatly affect a person's physical and mental functioning. For more information about sport injuries to the brain please see www.biausa.org.