Carrie Underwood is lending a helping hand to a former classmate and one of Checotah, Oklahoma's finest. Checotah Assistant Police Chief Justin Durrett is recovering in the ICU from serious injuries after being involved in a recent rollover crash. Checotah is Carrie's hometown, and Durrett is a childhood friend. His injuries include a broken neck, bruised spine, and numbness from his chest down. On Saturday (February 17th), Carrie made a $10,000 donation to Durrett's GoFundMe page to assist him and his family with medical bills. The superstar donated using her married name, Carrie Fisher.
In other Carrie news, she's keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, which adopted her song, "The Champion," for NBC's coverage of the event. The singer is cheering on all of the Olympic champions and tells us that each one of the athletes is a good role model for children watching at home. [“I think it’s absolutely impossible to pick one Olympic champion that’s a great role model, because I think in so many ways they all are. I mean, they’re representing our country. They work so hard for so long and they’re representing us. I think that is the definition of a role model is the determination and the drive and laying it all on the line and giving it everything they got. I couldn’t imagine the pressure that they’re under, and there are so many incredible athletes that just handle everything with grace and humility. I think no matter where you’re from or what you’re into, you can watch the Olympics and just find someone to cheer for and be proud that they are the ones out there that are representing us.”] SOUNDCUE (:51 OC: . . . are representing us.)
The 2018 Winter Olympics runs through Sunday (February 25th), the day of the Closing Ceremony.
Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album.