News From Ramaz
Several Ramaz students, as far back as 2009, would fulfill their sophomore chesed hours by "making Yom Tov and Shabbat minyanim, studying with, or just plain having fun with the boy across the street." This past Thursday night, at our annual Alan T Brown Hockey Tournament at SAR, Sting and Rams hockey players had the honor of meeting "the boy," namely Cory, who at the age of 13 was in an auto accident that resulted in a C4-C5 spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. The accident changed Cory's life forever.
Cory, now a graduate of Stanford University, spoke passionately about the years of rehabilitation and the amazing support he received from The Alan T. Brown Foundation.The team players listened in awe to a sportsman whose goal is to succeed in life regardless of his paralysis. His low-key and humble manner of speaking inspired our athletes to appreciate the special goal of the evening's games, namely, playing to support the long-term injured.
What we, as fans, saw on the court was a different kind of WIN, not one reflected on the scoreboard. This annual game was to win for the Alan T. Brown Foundation (ATBF). Alan is a Ramaz alumnus and in 1988 when he was 20, Alan suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The Foundation, co-founded by Fran Brown, focuses on improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. "The Foundation is instrumental in the adjustment from a life of what "was" to a new world of what "is." The message is clear--there is life after a spinal cord injury."
The hockey team members from both schools secured raffle prizes. The members of the Ramaz Chesed Committee sold raffle tickets during lunch periods, and with the lure of a Munchkin donut treat, Ramaz students and faculty were excited to take a "chance," and most important, give generously toward this tzedakah effort.
At the game, an extra loud cheer was heard when Rabbi Weiser's and Rabbi Sklarin's tickets were picked, along with other lucky "winners."