ENID, Okla. — A family in mourning is trying to brace themselves for that dreaded day. May 19 will mark one year since OU football star Austin Box lost his life.
Box had been battling sports injuries and taking prescription pain killers.
His sister, Whitney Box, said that day his back was acting up again.
He took more pills; the combination of prescriptions was deadly.
She said, “After we kind of get through the first year and make it through May 19, our goal is to really tackle the prescription drug abuse issue.”
The loss resulted in the idea for a foundation in Austin’s name.
Whitney said, “It’s been really difficult. The foundation has really helped though, especially for me. It’s given me a new purpose and something to focus my energy on.”
One Enid High School athlete will benefit each year with a scholarship.
The foundation awards $1,500 each semester for the first year of college up to $3,000.
The first student to be selected for the scholarship will be awarded May 16.
After that, the family’s goal is to create awareness about the increasing problem of prescription abuse.
Whitney said, “If we can save one life through the foundation then that’s good enough for us. We want to help anybody who needs it.”