This post has nothing to do with writing, but it’s full of inspiration to never give up.
The Chicago Steel proudly announced they drafted Jack Jablonski yesterday. I was in awe and almost speechless when I heard this.
Growing up in Minnesota to me meant spending hours and hours at a hockey rink watching my brother play and my dad coach every year. I know hockey inside and out and love the sport.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. As did the night of December 30th, 2011. Jack Jablonski, a forward for Benilde-St. Margaret High School, was hit from behind into the boards during a game. Jack has been paralyzed ever since, but his story doesn’t end there.
The hockey community rallied behind Jack with benefits and support. If you are involved in hockey you have probably heard his name and story. He had been told he would never walk or skate again, but he continues to make strides toward rehabilitation. As of April 30th, 2013, Jack has been able to feel tingling in his toes and the top of his foot. And on his CaringBridge page there is a picture of him kneeling with very little support.
May 6th, 2013, Jack sent a tweet that read: “Dear USHL teams, Just thought I’d let u know I am eligible for tomorrow’s draft. Sincerely, Jack Jablonski.” That tweet landed him a spot on the Chicago Steel hockey team!
The Chicago Steel stated on their website that “Jack was the winner of the 2012 Courage in Sports Award and has been considered an inspiration for his work ethic and passion.”
Maybe this post does have something to do with writing. Writers, strive to be more like Jack. Never give up and keep working toward your goal. You never know when your dreams will come true.
Congratulations Jack Jablonski!
- Jack Jablonski’s CaringBridge page
- Jack Jablonski’s BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation
- USHL’s Chicago Steel draft paralyzed teen Jack Jablonski (nhl.si.com)