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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 7, 2015) - Basketball teams across Indiana are coming together Saturday for the Hoosier Invitational to show their support for injured Columbus North player, Josh Speidel.

Speidel is still in critical condition at Methodist Hospital. He was seriously injured in a car accident last Sunday night on US 31 in Taylorsville.

Since the accident, Columbus North has started a #JoshStrong campaign. It's reached the community and the entire state of Indiana. On Saturday's game against East Central, the school proudly displayed #JoshStrong signs and t-shirts and sold buttons and Bulldog bobble heads to raise money for Josh's medical expenses. "The basketball family’s really come together and wrapped their arms around Josh and his family and we’ll just continue to keep those prayers coming for his healing," says Columbus North head coach, Jason Speer.

East Central wore #JoshStrong t-shirts during warm-up. It was a sign of setting aside competition for a moment. "He's a big, big part of our basketball program, a big part of our community so for him, all the well wishes  have been received," Speer says. He's visited Speidel in the hospital frequently and says he's stable, but there's a long road to recovery. He says the support from teams across the state has been a blessing for the Columbus North community.

Before the game Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers players gave messages of support for Speidel. Family friends say he's a member of the team that's truly missed. "He’s a goofy kid.  Just so lovable, so much fun, friends with everybody, and I know that my son has said before to people, when something bad happens to someone, you hear all the good things about them, but these are honestly the truth about Josh.  He’s just a great, great kid," says parent Jill Glick.

An account has already been set-up for Speidel. Click here to find out how you can help out.

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