'I'm going to choose joy regardless:' Months after car crash leaves him paralyzed, Patric Young launches foundation

Just months after being paralyzed, Patric Young has created a foundation to provide life-changing support for those with life-altering injuries.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — At 6-foot-9, Patric Young says his stature is what most people immediately noticed about him.

“But it’s like, now you notice that I’m in a chair? Who am I now?” Young asked while sitting in a wheelchair.

The Providence High graduate was one of the top high school basketball players in the country and played for Coach Billy Donovan at the University of Florida.

“We went to three consecutive Elite Eights, then a Final Four, won three SEC Championships, one title, I was a defensive player of the year,” Young said. “I didn’t go drafted, but I still played professional for six years. I got a chance to play around the world.”

After retiring from his basketball career, he got his dream job in 2021, and he got engaged.  

“Things just going in 2021 in a great direction for me, as I’m filling out these new roles as serious boyfriend to fiancé, working a professional job with SEC Network covering basketball, traveling, doing all these things.”

But in June 2022, just ten days before his wedding in Nebraska, his life took a turn he wasn’t expecting.

“My car goes completely parallel to the road, and it takes a flip, flips over, and I’m thankful it only flipped over one time,” Young said. “There was so much pressure and compression in my back that it caused my spinal cord to, I felt a pop.”

He called his fiancé right after it happened.

“He called me and said that he got in an accident,” Whitney Young recalled. “And he kept saying, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. He said he couldn’t feel his legs.”

He was airlifted to the hospital with a spinal cord injury and underwent an eight-hour surgery.

“I remember the doctor told I think it was his mom and me that rehabilitation was unlikely, and we just, you know, froze. It was just very shocking,” Young said.

The crash left him paralyzed from the belly button down. 

“You know storms, trials that come in our lives, sometimes we think that they disrupt everything. But oftentimes, it could be a nudge to say like, I’m clearing your path. And this is what I want you to focus on,” Patric Young said. “I see like laser-focused that God wants to use me right now.”

Instead of being bitter, he is choosing joy. He got married to his fiancé while in the hospital, and now just months after his accident he’s embarking on a new journey.

“As all of this is happening, he decides now’s the time to start a foundation. Okay. Crazy, right? But, you know, I think through this whole process, we were just showered, just showered with blessings,” Whitney Young said.

While still rehabilitating five days a week, he’s started the Patric Young Foundation to pay forward the outpouring of love and support he and his family have received. 

“No one’s really prepared for a situation like this. And it can really not only affect your life and well-being, but it can bankrupt you. And insurance oftentimes will only pay for so much,” Patric Young said.  

That’s why his foundation’s focus is providing life-changing support for those with life-altering injuries.    

“If you can’t afford it, if you don’t have the right insurance, if you don’t have the people that can come in and adjust your bathroom or widen your doors, all those things matter and making a person feel as though they can be free again,” Patric Young said. “And of course, the dream and vision for everyone is to walk again, but if you don’t, you can still live a life without limitations and the foundation, that’s going to be our purpose.”

While he’s working hard to walk again, he’s living out his faith.

“I have, even if faith. It’s not what if. What if I don’t walk? What if this doesn’t happen? No, even if those things don’t happen in the way that I want them to, I still have the resolve to believe that my God is good. I still can show up to my family, be a good husband, be a good dad, nothing’s going to change that,” Patric Young said. “So, I just say I’m going to choose joy regardless of my circumstances. I want to be a good example for anyone, everyone that’s going to face hardships.”

His foundation is having its first annual golf tournament at the Yards in Ponte Vedra on Dec. 12. All the spots to play are sold out, but tickets are still available for the luncheon and silent auction where you can hear him share more of his story and help support his foundation.

“Regardless of my circumstances, I still love God,” he explained. “I know God still loves me. That he allowed this to happen to help me depend on him more; and to realize I don’t have as much control, but to use me. And when I was able to reframe my mind that God wants to use me through this, this tragedy, I was like, I’m excited. I’m excited to be used and hopefully, bring people and point them to him, that he’s a good loving Father.”

You May Also Like

3 face life in rapper’s slaying

It’s been almost five years since up-and-coming rapper Jahseh Onfroy, better known…

What will happen to Aiden Fucci?

Fucci has not been sentenced yet for Tristyn’s brutal murder, a crime…

Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright says Catherine might come out of retirement as she addresses 'disappointing' ending fears

Happy Valley fans won’t be too pleased to hear the news

‘I was framed’: Las Vegas politician accused of killing journalist speaks from jail

Telles asks 8 News Now for interview Monday Vanessa Murphy Posted: Feb…

Istanbul Center in Jacksonville working to connect loved ones, raise funds for Turkey & Syria

Rescuers in Turkey and war-ravaged Syria searched through the frigid night into…

Lindsay Clancy’s defense attorney offers new details

Lindsay Clancy is accused of killing her three young kids before attempting…

Nicola Bulley search expert fears third party involved in her disappearance and phone is a 'decoy'

Mum-of-two Nicola Bulley vanished while walking her dog in St Michael’s on…

Panhandling ordinance is headed back to the City Council

COJ’s neighborhood committee passed the proposal 6-1. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville’s panhandling…

JSO: Man shot during Apple watch robbery investigation

The shooting, which killed Leon Burroughs, happened after police arrived on scene…

Yorkshire lorry driver 'snorting cocaine at the wheel' caught by police after chase

The lorry driver was arrested twice in the space of a week

Poison control warns of dangers of ‘gas station heroin’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A product some states have dubbed “gas station heroin”…

Father is convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence of his obese 16-year-old daughter

A father has been found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence…