Local Fundraiser For Paralyzed MN Prep Hockey PlayerCROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The recent injury of Twin Cities hockey player, Jack Jablonksi has inspired Crookston high school students to raise money to help pay for his medical costs.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The recent injury of Twin Cities hockey player, Jack Jablonksi has inspired Crookston high school students to raise money to help pay for his medical costs.
Hockey players, students, Leo club members, and people in the Crookston community all joined forces to raise money for a teen they don't even know.
When Leo club advisor, Linda Morgan heard Jack Jablonski would never walk again, she put herself in his parents shoes. It hit close to home, because her son is a hockey player.
"He's also one of the four captains on the team so I felt very passionate about when a hockey player got hurt... kind of thought about it over the weekend then I brought it up and I just got things rollin'," said Leo Club Advisor, Linda Morgan.
Morgan sent a check for more than $1,800 dollars this morning to Jabby in the twin cities. Along with the check, CHS also sent a t-shirt with Jabby's name and story on the back, a signed school hockey jersey, and a banner with hundreds of signatures.
"The students here, it was great support, it was like it was someone from our community. They cared so much about him," said Crookston High School hockey player, Curtis Regan.
"Even though we don't know him it could've been any of us, it could've been somebody from Crookston that happened to and its just good that everybody's raising money for it," said Leo Club Vice President, Kylie Simmons.
Morgan wasn't surprised by the outpour of support.
"The kids have been great, they respond so well and also the adults do too. Crookston's a very supporting place when something like this happens," said Morgan.
"There is a lot of heart, we do have a lot of heart. We care about others in our community especially the hockey community," said Regan.
And it doesn't just stop with Jack's story. Students were also inspired by Jenna Privette from St. Croix Lutheran. She was injured a few days after Jack. Tonight they plan on collecting money for the paralyzed player at the Crookston girls hockey game.
"In the state of Minnesota, the hockey community is tight in all towns," said Regan.
Besides t-shirt donations, the Leo Club raised money through the blue line, a youth hockey program, and concession stand donations.
Jack and Jenna don't know they're getting support from Crookston, but they will soon.