Community pulls together for No. 1 fan
by Michelle Babcock
April 19, 2014 10:31 PM | 2350 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Zach Hodgson tries out a new bicycle, with the help of Woodstock principal Paul Weir, right, athletic director Scott Krug, left, and Woodstock seniors Joseph Arcuri, second from left, and Blake Jacobs, second from right, at OutSpokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday. <br> Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Zach Hodgson tries out a new bicycle, with the help of Woodstock principal Paul Weir, right, athletic director Scott Krug, left, and Woodstock seniors Joseph Arcuri, second from left, and Blake Jacobs, second from right, at OutSpokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday.
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Zach Hodgson holds a jar full of money raised to help him purchase a new bike at Out Spokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday.
Zach Hodgson holds a jar full of money raised to help him purchase a new bike at Out Spokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday.
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Hodgson, center, checks out bikes on the computer as Woodstock High School principal Paul Weir, right, and shop owner Kevin Poske, left, watch at Out Spokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday.
Hodgson, center, checks out bikes on the computer as Woodstock High School principal Paul Weir, right, and shop owner Kevin Poske, left, watch at Out Spokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday.
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After a hit-and-run left 24-year-old Zack Hodgson with a broken leg and a broken bicycle in March, the community came together Friday to give him a new bike.

Hodgson was allowed to pick out the bike of his choosing at Out Spokin’ Bicycles in Woodstock on Friday, which was paid for with more than $3,000 raised by the community.

Hodgson has spent more than a decade riding his bicycle to attend various sporting events across the county and beyond. Many people in the community know and love him.

He is known countywide as Woodstock High School’s No. 1 fan and is a young entrepreneur — making money at games by bringing people food from the concession stand and collecting trash for tips.

Hodgson, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was sidelined in March when a driver ran off the road and hit him as he was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of East Cherokee Drive.

The driver who hit Hodgson left the scene, later telling police that he thought he hit a mailbox.

Susanne Hodgson, the 24-year-old’s mother, said despite wearing reflective materials on his helmet and on the bicycle, and doing his best to plan bicycle routes on roads with sidewalks or shoulders, it’s still dangerous to ride on many roads in Cherokee.

“He wears a motorcycle helmet. He has lights and reflectors all over his bike, and he knows to ride as close to the edge as he can,” she said. “This guy just wasn’t paying attention, and he went off the road and hit him.”

Hodgson’s mother said the community helped support her son by collecting $3,070 for a new bike, nearly $2,000 of which was raised by JUMP Kitchen & Sports Saloon.

JUMP Kitchen conducted a fundraiser April 12 to benefit him.

Woodstock High School Principal Dr. Paul Weir and Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock were at Out Spokin’ Bicycles to support Hodgson on Friday, along with multiple Woodstock High School athletic coaches and a couple members of the football team.

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