‘Because of that accident, we all have a purpose in life: ’ Teen survives bus crash, plays game with torn ACL

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GRIFFITH, Ind. — The last several weeks are ones that Martin Schiele will never forget.

Fresh off of knee surgery he promises to be back and up to speed sooner than the one month his doctor says it will take to be off the crutches.

But beating the odds is something he’s done big time already.

Martin is a Senior at Griffith High School. The players and coaches were on their way to play Marion in a semifinal state basketball game March 19th when their bus was sideswiped and rolled over in a ditch on I-65. The bus rolled a few times. Everyone lived and there were no serious injuries.

Four days later the game was played. Martin plays guard at #11. The Griffith Panthers led by 9 points with less than 7 minutes to play but ended up losing to the Marion Giants 60-58.

Martin scored 10 playing through the pain.

“We played with heart and that’s all that matters,” Martin said.

He left the gym on crutches thinking it was a sprained knee. But in reality, he had torn his ACL on the bus in the crash.

Martin says the Panthers may have been beaten but they didn’t lose.  Through it all, he believes he and his teammates have found purpose with their lives to do even greater things.

“God was in the midst of us,” he said. “I told my teammates after the game, ‘Because of that accident, we all have a purpose in life.’ If we didn’t, to be honest, some of us wouldn’t be here right now.”

Miracle is the word Martin’s dad, Martin Schiele Sr., uses to describe the outcome. But he says prayer for Divine Intervention is a mainstay in their home.

“Before the game that Saturday we prayed for divine protection,” he said.

In several weeks Martin will go to prom, then graduation and then college.  And he hopes to keep playing ball then one day fulfill what he believes is his true calling, to be a minister just like his dad.



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