I was perhaps a bit late to the game, but have a newfound respect for social media platforms.
They obviously don’t only connect people, but connect people to causes; in many cases, ones about which they would not otherwise have heard. In other words, social media levels the playing field.
In a recent scroll through my Facebook news feed, I came across another story of a person who took their worst possible tragedy and gave it meaning.
Brian Grohowski was a high school athlete. His son Jarad was equally passionate about football and his high school team. But Brian tragically lost this beloved only child in 2002.
To honor his son’s memory and as a testimony to the sport they loved, Brian launched the Jarad Grohowski Foundation. It supports free football camps for children in grades 9, 10, and 11. While this is a story that may not receive national attention, it is a worthy and heartfelt one.
The following is an excerpt from that Facebook post:
People, I can’t express this more, or enough. We are (The Jarad Grohowski Foundation) putting on a FREE Football Camp June 24th 2017 at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium FREE!!!! I have sent out 36 letters to ALL 36 Head Coaches in our PIAA District 2 From Williamsport to Wallenpaupack to promote this Camp. I am asking if you have a child, or knows of a child who plays football and are in grades 9th, 10th, and 11th that live in our district to please take advantage of this camp.
The Camp will feature Current Seattle Seahawk’s Offensive Guard Mark Glowinski and he will instruct techniques on line play. This camp will cover all positions including Punting and Field Goal Kicking along with snapping for these 2 Special Teams Play.
The Camp Applications are also available with each Head Coach I mailed information to and could be accessed on line on our Foundation Web Site www.jaradfoundation.org, just click on applications on the front page. Please pass this information along, I Thank You, Brian Grohowski
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To those whose life has been dealt the worst, have given life their best in return.
~ Coach Slow