More than three weeks after Columbus North High School student and star basketball player Josh Speidel was involved in a car wreck, money is still coming in to help his family with medical expenses.

That included Feb. 25 during Speidel Night when Columbus North played at Seymour.

Fans, players and families showed up to watch basketball and show support for Speidel with a fundraiser and activities focused on staying “#JoshStrong.”

Players from each team each team wore T-shirts supporting Speidel, and the game started with a moment of silence for Speidel, who is in a coma and recovering at Select Specialty Hospital in Castleton.

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Also, the Brown Bouncing Bears jump rope team from Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, where Josh’s mother, Lisa Speidel, is assistant principal, also performed that night, wearing specially made #JoshStrong T-shirts.

The night’s events, including a dinner, silent auction, bake sale and T-shirt sales, brought in $3,215.

Helping that night were the boys and girls basketball parents clubs along with teachers at Brown. Also, student government led the T-shirt sales.

The proceeds that night helped the #JoshStrong site top $60,000 in donations.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7057.