High Point Donates All-Terrain Track Chairs to Two Wounded Veterans
During High Point University’s 12th annual Veterans Day Celebration, which welcomed more than 1,500 veterans and their families, the Zeta Phi Chapter presented two wounded veterans with all-terrain track chairs. The chapter raised more than $40,000 for The Independence Fund to sponsor the purchase, transport, and outfit of the chairs.
One of the track chairs went home with veteran Stephen Smerek, who is wheelchair-bound as a result of losing both legs while he served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer from 1965-68 in Vietnam. The all-terrain track chair will allow Smerek to better enjoy the outdoors and navigate his 10-acre property in Manitou Beach, Michigan. Smerek recalled playing traditional sports like football and baseball but said it all came to a stop as a result of his injuries.