Charity Chat Episode 36: Gridiron Alliance

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:08am

Football is part of the high school experience. It's fun, builds character and teaches teamwork. It can also be dangerous.

On October 7, 1999, Rob Komosa was playing football for Rolling Meadows high school when he crashed into a fence post and was paralyzed from the neck down. The school asked curriculum director and Catholic minister Don Grossnick to pray with the students and parents. He ended up doing much more.

This catastrophic event prompted "Deacon Don" to found Gridiron Alliance, an organization that helps "improve the lives of people who have been seriously injured or paralyzed playing school sports". Glenn and I spoke with Don and the Alliance's Executive Director Debbie Nelson about their efforts to not only ease the suffering of these boys and their families, but to help them live full lives.

Despite the tragic subject matter our conversation was surprisingly uplifting. You can hear the passion and love in both of their voices as they talk about the boys they've helped and the men they've become, their plans to help kids nationally, and Deacon Don's newest book.

Meet Don and Debbie at this Wednesday's Pour, hosted by Glenn! Tickets are only $25 for this fundraiser at the new Laugh Factory. Local celebrities including Jarrett Payton and Tim Smithe will pull out their comedic best while you sip on vodka, wine and beer tastings.

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Charity Chat is recorded live
Hosts: Glenn Murray, 220 Communications, & Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist
Producer: Jim Goodrich, With A Voice Like This 

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