Jack Jablonski, the junior who sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a hockey game last December, is one of eight finalists for the national "Courage in Sports" award.
Voting is open on the Courage in Sports Facebook page. People can vote once per day. Jablonski currently leads with 38 percent of the vote. The winner will be announced during a Nov. 11 special on CBS.
The Courage in Sports award has been presented for the last 22 years. Last year's winner was Chris Norton, a Luther College football player who broke his neck in a game but was later able to stand on his own.
Jack Jablonski's mother, Leslie Jablonski, wrote about the news on Jack's CaringBridge page:
What an honor it was to learn that Jack has been nominated as a finalist for the America's Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports.
Eight "inspiring" individuals are recognized annually for overcoming monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports.
The winner will be announced on a one-hour "Courage in Sports" TV special on CBS at 5 p.m. on November 11.
Voting is done via Facebook. Fans can vote once daily. Each week, the two athletes with the lowest vote total will be eliminated.
The top two vote getters will compete in the finals from September 24 - October 1.
How cool is that?
Help us spread Jack's story even further by taking the time to vote and post the site on your Facebook page. Keep the momentum going by voting daily.
And kudos to the other seven nominees. Their stories are special and all are deserving of this honor.