Catholic schools show support, raise funds for paralyzed hockey player

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Jablonski

Catholic school students and staff are donning red and white Friday, Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 9 in honor of Benilde-St. Margaret’s paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski.

Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield and Hill-Murray School in Maplewood were participating in the “Red Out’’ fundraiser  Jan. 6. Totino-Grace in Fridley will participate on Jan. 9. Other Catholic high schools have been invited to participate and may sign on as well.

Jablonski, 16, was paralyzed last week during a game in which he was pushed into the boards of the ice rink. Doctors have determined that Jablonski will not be able to walk again.

“Our hearts go out to Jack and his family and the entire Benilde St. Margaret’s community,’’ said Jeff Ferguson, dean of students at Totino-Grace. “This strikes so close to home. You feel helpless. We asked, ‘What can we do?’’’

What the organizers have decided to do is honor Jack by wearing his school colors and by collecting money for him and his family during these two days in what is being called, “Catholic Schools for Jack.” Giant greeting cards have been set up at some schools for well-wishers to sign.

A special connection exists between the Jablonski family and Hill-Murray School, said Hill-Murray Assistant Principal Kelley Barbato. “Jack’s dad, Mike, is a graduate of Hill-Murray,’’ she said. “All this really hits home. This fundraiser is one way we can help Mike and his family.’’

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