Many of you may have heard about Jack Enright and his recent injury. Jack is a junior at Chapin High School in South Carolina. He is also the Co-Captain of the Team with his brother Connor a senior. According to Jack it was a routine play where he was playing midfield defense against his opponent. Jack broke his neck and his injury has now impacted him in a way only he can understand.
Jack is currently rehabbing his injury at the Shepherd Spinal Center.
His family, teammates, coaches, classmates, teachers and the entire lacrosse community has been impacted by this. People from all over the country have reached out to Jack and his family to help in anyway they can. Pro Players Like Paul Rabul, Kyle Harrison, Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alum) to name a few. College Coaches and the Limestone Lacrosse Team have send Jack tons of swag and notes of encouragement. Even Jo Jo the Drummer (Denver Outlaws) who interviewed Jack, his Mom Ann, brother Connor and his HS Coach Jeremy Metcalfe the other night have come to the aide of Jack.
(See interview below)
The reason I titled this post the “Ben and Jack Show!”
Several years ago another player who I never met (Ben Goss) was injured. My friend Melissa with US Lacrosse asked if we could send a card and maybe go see Ben at the Shepherd Spinal Center. Like most things my wife does she gets in waist deep and does not come out until the job is done. Her persistence and determination is amazing to watch. http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2009/10/30/local-lacrosse-families-aid-injured-massachusetts-boy/
Ben and I trade messages from time to time and we visited about a year ago when Ben was in town. I know Ben wants to thank everyone for helping him but his story and his courage during his rehab gets me choked up because he impacted all of us more than we impacted him. He drives, snowmobiles, skis and I believe he is now playing rugby. This young man just amazes me.
Ben has reached out to Jack and told him about his Shepherd Spinal Center experience and what he is up against and only Ben could know what Jack is going through.
Jacks connection to us comes through his lacrosse Coach Jeremy Metcalfe who I had the pleasure of coaching many years ago.
When Jacks injury occurred he needed to find out who in Atlanta could help. One of his first calls was to Mary Jo and she got waist deep again and started pushing buttons for Jack and his family.
All of us come across adversity during our lifetime and sometimes it is more then we can handle.
Sometimes it is just a smile and a hug and other times it’s a time and financial commitment to help those in need.
When you see a note from one of your Youth Players like this it makes your heart swell with pride
“I know it’s not much, but I am a 12 year old who wants to help Jack in any way possible. I play lax at AYL and I’m glad you are close so I can visit.”
Or when one of your Coaches comes up with a Ground Ball fundraiser for Jack it puts life and the game in perspective.
No one person is bigger than the game but it is the people in the game that make it so special. It is another reason why I LOVE this sport so much.
There are so many people to thank for their outpouring of love and support for Jack and Mary Jo and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Listed below is Jack’s Go Fund Me page. Every little bit helps and lets keep the “Ben and Jack Show!” going.
See ya on the field!
MJ and Coach Lou