The University of Georgia has announced a campaign to raise $500,000 to build a home for former Southern University football player Devon Gales, who was injured in a game against the Bulldogs in September 2015.
Calling the project "Build a Dawg a House," Georgia is looking to provide an accessible home to Gales, who suffered a career-ending spinal injury during a kickoff return.
Gales, who uses a wheelchair, has made Georgia his second football home since the injury. He received a standing ovation at halftime of the Georgia men's basketball team's victory over LSU on Saturday.
"I'm just grateful," Gales told 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge radio on Monday. "It takes a miracle. Everything they have done has just been remarkable. They took my family in like we'd been here already, like I was at Georgia. I'm just truly blessed."
Georgia received the NCAA Sportsmanship Award in recognition of its first-response care and subsequent support for Gales.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.