Giving Back

North Salem Teen Helps Raise 150K For Wounded Vets

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From left: U.S. Marine Cpl. Nick, Thom, William Jordan of North Salem, Jon Sarubbi and Kirk Bauer, DSUSA's Executive Director. Credits: Photo courtesy DSUSA
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From left: William Jordan of North Salem, U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Justin Constantine and Jon Sarubbi. Credits: Photo courtesy DSUSA Sports
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(North Salem, N.Y.) --William Jordan of North Salem, a student at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and Jonathon Sarubbi of Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, have a lot in common. For starters, they are both 16, New York high school seniors, competitive lacrosse players, and each has a sister at the University of Notre Dame. They also share a unique trait that requires a closer look. Closer looks are something neither takes for granted. William’s sister Lexie and Jon’s sister Caitlin were both born with genetic conditions that resulted in legal blindness at birth. And, both Lexie and Caitlin are competitive skiers: Caitlin, a U.S. Paralympic skier at the Vancouver games, and Lexie, a U.S. Paralympic hopeful currently on the Disabled Sport USA (DSUSA) Alpine E Team. It’s likely the shared experience and years being around many types of disabled athletes has instilled a sense of chipping in and of giving back. On Sept. 22, both boys organized a volunteer squad of classmates to support DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports Charity Challenge golf outing at Trump National Golf Club Westchester. Jordan and Sarubbi met with school guidance counselors to explain the event to secure youth volunteers, all of whom received needed community service hours. The event was a huge success as more than 200 participants, 15 wounded veterans, numerous corporate sponsors and volunteers worked together to raise over $150,000. The funds will directly benefit American veterans in need of adaptive sports rehabilitation. Warfighter sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, sponsored the challenge. It offers sports rehabilitation for wounded warriors with permanent physical disabilities in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. in partnership with a nationwide network of more than 120 community-based chapters. Since 1967, DSUSA has served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Since 2003 more than 10,000 of the most severely wounded, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments and severe nerve and muscle damage have been served, along with their families. Kirk Bauer, DSUSA’s executive director and a disabled Vietnam Veteran, was impressed with the showing of support organized by Jordan and Sarubbi. “When we put together a big event, we rely on volunteers to make everything run smoothly. It’s great to see guys like William and Jonathon stepping up to help. Both these boys have been front row watching their sisters compete and both know what disabled athletes are capable of doing. I’m really impressed as they took leadership roles and did a great job. All the kids should be proud of themselves to support some of our finest warriors.” While William and Jonathon have much in common, they split on one import issue: Sarubbi is an accomplished snowboarder and Jordan is a competitive skier. William Jordan is a trained guide and races with his sister. He is currently named to DSUSA’s 2016 Alpine E team and remains a U.S. Paralympic hopeful.

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