BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It’s not just his size and strength that sets him apart; His trainers praised Ethan Glynn for his character.
“This is a captain guy,” John Frein, a baseball coach and family friend, told WCCO. “I mean you see in many pictures he has a C on his chest.”
The entire youth sports community in Bloomington is currently rallying around Glynn after a serious injury he sustained during a football game on Friday left him immobilized on the field. According to a family spokesman, Glynn was injured “during a normal football game” while defending.
“It’s not just close to home. It’s here,” Frein lamented. “It’s hard. I have kids, and a lot of us have kids, and that’s something you don’t want any family to go through. He’s going to recover from this. He’s very strong and he’s strong. fiercely and he will get through this.”
A post on Monday on the CaringBridge website notes that Glynn, aka “E” as friends and teammates still know, is still on a ventilator but “He can now sit on his side, which is a big win!”
In addition to football, Glynn also enjoys playing baseball and hockey; He was the captain of the youth hockey team that went to the state championship.
“If this happened to anyone else, that family would be right there trying to help,” said Sarah Doner, whose son Darin plays on Glynn’s hockey team. “[Ethan’s mother] will be there running fundraisers because that’s just who she is. Everyone wants to do it back to the family.”
As a mother of three boys, Doner said she doesn’t want the injury to discourage them, but it remains an important opportunity to “play smarter and not harder.”
“You don’t think this is going to happen to you, and you automatically can use your arms and legs and can use them and watch your kids play. Having three kids playing sports, that’s the whole fun. passion in your life, and in a moment was changed.”
Glynn’s parents, Cassidy Durkin and Corey Glynn, shared this statement with WCCO:
“We are grateful for all the support from friends, family and community. We fill our hearts with how many people care about Ethan. We know E is a fighter and always in our hearts. good hand. Thanks.”