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Tim Tebow calls injured teen thanks to Twitter movement
A simple social media gesture went viral Monday, drawing national attention from everyday citizens and celebrities – including Tim Tebow.
After 17-year-old Matthew Hardy was involved in an upstate New York car crash that left him critically injured and two of his friends dead, a Twitter campaign began in order to lift his spirits.
It was called: #TebowCallMatt. And it worked.
Monday night, Hardy’s brother (@mike_hardy5) Mike tweeted: “TIM TEBOW JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MATT! SUCH A CLASS ACT!!”
Tebow later Tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who got #TebowCallMatt tending & helped connect us. Matt truly inspired me. God bless y’all.”
Matthew Hardy and three of his friends were on their way home from a Siena-UAlbany men’s basketball game Saturday night when the SUV they were driving in was rear-ended and rolled over several times, according to The Saratogian.
Dennis Drue, 22, the driver who struck the teens from behind, tested positive for alcohol and had been speeding and changing lanes, according to the New York State police.
Hardy and and another passenger, Bailey Wind, were critically injured in the accident. Two teens, Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers, were killed in the crash.
A Twitter movement was sparked on Wind's behalf as well -- #MissyCallBailey and #DaleyCallBailey -- urging Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and Olympic diver Tom Daley to call Wind, who is a member of her high school's swimming and diving team.
Franklin tweeted that she left a voicemail for Wind, but hopes to talk to her over the phone.