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Brownsburg school project grows into annual event

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Eric Green was a star soccer player when a dirt back accident two years ago changed his life. Eric Green was a star soccer player when a dirt back accident two years ago changed his life.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. -

An elementary school project has grown into an annual event in Hendricks County. The proceeds benefit those who are dealing with life-changing accidents.

For one week out of the year, the parking lot at Reagan Elementary School in Brownsburg is transformed into a miniature golf amusement park.

Eric Green was a star soccer player when a dirt back accident two years ago changed his life.

Despite all the safety gear he wore, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him partially paralyzed.

"The problem that a lot of people don't understand is with spinal cord injuries is insurance doesn't often cover the things that they need," said Chris Chadd, Reagan Elementary teacher.

Eric's wheelchair costs around $60,000. Your insurance may just get you the bare minimum when you could actually use the motorized elements inside the wheelchair.

Friends and family of Eric have helped organized various fundraisers to help with the tremendous costs for him and others with spinal cord injuries.

This event has raised $30,000 over the last two years.

Students teachers and parents here at Reagan Elementary have designed a total of 20 holes, 18 miniature golf holes and two additional holes that are wheelchair accessible.

Fifth grader Jon Miller helped design hole number 4.

"You want to hit it hard, but not too hard, then on the other side you're just worried about where it's gonna go." He designed it as a par 3 and putted in his second shot for a birdie.

As for the effort of all the students, designing the golf course, Eric Green told us, "It's awesome. You don't see many kids doing things for people like this. It changes people's lives, honestly."

The event wrapped up over the weekend, and organizers say they're already planning next year's event.

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