Students at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., initiated a massive Twitter-bomb today, using the hashtag #TebowCallMatt to elicit a phone call from New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to an injured student. Matthew Hardy, 17, was seriously injured yesterday in a car crash with a drunk driver.
Thanks to everyone who got #TebowCallMatt trending & helped connect us. Matt truly inspired me. God bless y'all
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 4, 2012
Hardy’s brother expressed gratitude for all the support, and made a point of not telling his brother about it until the call came.
This is such a blessing. You all are amazing! #TebowCallMatt
— Mike Hardy (@mike_hardy5) December 4, 2012
Two of Hardy’s fellow students, Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers, did not survive the crash. Another student, Bailey Wind, was also severely injured. Students are also Twitter-bombing on Wind’s behalf, targeting Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and English diver Tom Daley with the hashtags #MissyCallBailey and #DaleyCallBailey. There is no word from Franklin or Daley as of this writing.
As for Tebow, tweeters are ecstatic that he responded.
Wow! #518 making history Tim Tebow called Matt now #missycallbailey
— Becky Sail (@BSail12) December 4, 2012
ESPN ANNOUNCED THAT TEBOW WILL CALL MATT!! In a matter of about 2 hours, my hometown got #TebowCallMatt trending around the country.
— Julia Ehler (@JEhler28) December 4, 2012
— Cy Serrano (@cyserrano) December 4, 2012
Success! Missy Franklin called Bailey Wind:
Called Bailey and left her a voicemail. Would still love to talk to her. Bailey and her community are in my thoughts and prayers #staystrong
— Missy Franklin Johnson (@missyfranklin) December 4, 2012
Here’s hoping she’s able to connect with Bailey.