It’s a sign of respect, appreciation, and a cheer for those who get back up from injury. In leading the world’s largest stick-tap, Jack Jablonski hopes to capture one of hockey’s greatest traditions to lead the charge in support and awareness for those looking to recover from spinal cord injuries.
Jablonski, who turned 19 on Oct. 25, was left without the use of his arms and legs by a hit during a high school hockey game when he was only 16. After the diagnosis came, the outpouring began. From Wayne Gretzky to Pavel Datsyuk, the well wishes rolled in. All the while, the young Minnesota native believed he could, if he truly worked for it, get back on the ice.
While he hasn’t yet achieved his goal of lacing up the skates again, Jablonski is working toward a secondary goal: raising awareness for and supporting the research of new technologies that will support those living with spinal cord injuries.
On Nov. 1, when the Dallas Stars take on his hometown Minnesota Wild, Jablonski will take to the Xcel Energy Center ice during intermission to lead the crowd in what they’re hoping will become the world’s largest stick-tap.
Fans at the game and supporters of Jablonski around the world have been asked to take photos of the moment, videos of the stick tap, and even create their own stick-tap moments and share them on social media with the hashtag #StickTap2Hope.
The Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation, which was established in 2013, has already awarded $100,000 for researching recovery from spinal cord injuries and scholarships to those suffering from them. To donate to the organization, you can text T-A-P to 41444.