HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — There are few things more powerful than the bond of a sports team. When life threw Huntsville-native Lindsey Wintzinger a curve ball, her former teammates stepped up to the plate. The Huntsville High School volleyball players are showing support for one of their own in a time of need.
Huntsville, Grissom, Bob Jones: there are plenty of rivalries when it comes to high school sports in the Tennessee Valley, but tonight the Huntsville High School Panthers aren’t playing volleyball just to claim that number one spot, they are playing in honor of one of their former teammates who is fighting a battle much bigger than the game.
“She’s a fighter and we want to show our support towards her and her family,” said Reagan Locke. “We’re dedicating these games to her and we made these shirts to honor her.” Former Huntsville volleyball player Lindsey Wintzinger is fighting Leukemia. The 19-year-old most recently played for the Auburn Tigers, but her HHS teammates are keeping her on their court tonight.
“She was such a big part of this program and she’s so awesome, we all love her,” said Rachel Joffrion. “We just want to show her we’re here for her and we support her.”
Sarah Gwin Moore agreed with Joffrion. She said that the Wintzinger family has been a vital part of the volleyball program for more than seven years. “She’s been so strong through this and we just felt like we could help out,” said Moore.
“She’s awesome, she’s determined,” said Locke. “I know that the Lord will help her get through it and she believes it too.”
The Panthers are selling shirts that say “Pray for Lindsey” and collecting money for St. Jude’s at tonight’s matches against Grissom and Bob Jones High School.