Jack Jablonski, or Jabs to his friends, is a gifted young varsity hockey player at Benilde St. Margarets High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He is also a varsity tennis player and has played baseball his whole life. His favorite hockey player is Pavol Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, #13. He was a 50 goal/110 point scoring forward on the 2011 Minnesota Bantam A State Tournament Minneapolis/Park Storm. He is a big brother to Max and a son to Mike and Leslie. He is a friend to many.
He is also an inspiration to a whole community.
On December 30, 2011 Jack suffered a tragic spinal cord injury. As he was in pursuit of a loose puck shot deep into the offensive zone, Jack was checked into the boards and in that moment his life was changed.
Jack suffered a serious spinal cord injury and broke two vertebrae while playing the game he still loves. Though undergoing successful surgery to fuse three vertebrae to protect the spinal cord from further injury, the cord was severed in the accident causing pervasive paralysis.
That is just the beginning of a new journey for Jack. His family and friends are with him as they always have been and always will be. The community response to Jack’s accident renews faith in the kindness of people. The determination that Jack shows every day encourages us all to do more.
Ride for a Reason
Bob McEnaney, owner and founder of Total Cycling Performance, is launching Ride for a Reason. The organization is set to promote fun and healthy activities that foster individual health and recreation. The goal of the group is to raise both funds and awareness for a variety of local charities.
The Jack Jablonski Fund was chosen as Reason #1. Combined with the fact that Bob and Jack’s dad, Mike, are former 3M co-workers, and his intense love for hockey, kids and sport safety, Bob leapt at the opportunity to support Jack Jablonski and his family.
The inaugural Ride for a Reason will culminate in Bob's participation in the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race on October 6-8, 2012. Known as “the Toughest 48 hours in Sport,” the event is the world’s premier ultra cycling race. Participants cover 508 miles in 48 hours through mountains, desert and an elevation gain over more than 35,000 feet. The race stretches from Santa Clarita, CA, across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, to the finish line at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, CA. McEnaney will ride the race in honor of Jablonski.
How You Can Help
In order to complete the Ride for a Reason and the Furnace Creek 508, we need your help. Please donate as much as you can and help spread the news! We've already got an amazing team in place that is donating their time to serve as the Support Crew for Bob on this 48 hour journey, and now we look to you to help raise money for the Jack Jablonski Fund and research for a cure to spinal cord injuries. Net proceeds will go directly to the Jack Jablonski Fund.
About Bob McEnaney
Bob McEnaney has coached athletes for over 30 years, specializing in training cyclists and triathletes. These athletes come from a variety of backgrounds; including a range of ages, ability levels and experience.
Bob is a certified coach through USA Triathlon and USA Cycling. He has also been certified as a personal trainer through NASM, and possesses a great deal of experience training with Kettlebells, Resistance Bands and other functional training tools.
Bob has worked with some of the best coaches in the industry, including Joe Friel (Cyclist's Training Bible, Triathlete's Training Bible) and others. He trains endurance athletes through his website at www.totalcyclingperformance.com.