Pursuing passion after major accident



Lawrence-Nelson senior Ryan Kile dribbles around the court
Friday night before the Raiders game against the Cardinals
at the Harvard Holiday Tournament. Kile, who is currently
an assistant coach, is being recruited by University of
Missouri and Southwest Minnesota State to play wheelchair
basketball.

LAWRENCE — In shock and not fully conscious following a single-car rollover accident in which he was thrown from the vehicle and his 12th vertebra shattered, Ryan Kile let one of his greatest fears slip to his mother.

Tina Kile, who was in the emergency room at the time, said her son mumbled something that he didn’t know he said.

“He was saying, ‘Ugh, now I’m not going to get a basketball scholarship,’ ” Tina said. “He was in pain, he was in shock, he didn’t know what he was saying, but still he was thinking basketball.”

A freshman then, Ryan, who lives in Lawrence, was one of three members of the Lawrence-Nelson golf team in the car April 28, 2011. They were on their way to Nelson to connect with the team and ride to a golf meet in Hastings. All three occupants were transported to Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior for treatment.








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