‘Day of Games’ fundraising for paralyzed athlete – East Bay Times – California News

‘Day of Games’ fundraising for paralyzed athlete – East Bay Times – California News

Bob Ladouceur was the head football coach at De La Salle High School from 1979-2012, and currently assistant coach and teacher, and is a San Ramon High School alumnus, class of ‘72. When San Ramon senior athlete Jake Javier fractured his neck at a graduation party last year, he became paralyzed from the neck down.

“As football coaches, we always try our best to keep our students out of harm’s way, however, it never takes away the worry and concern. We justify participation by weighing the chances of such an injury, against the rewards of participating in the sport we love.

“Even though Jake didn’t receive his injury on the football field, it doesn’t detract from the fact that one of our own bright, talented, and promising students needs your help and involvement,” said Ladouceur.

Ladouceur invites East Bay football players and coaches — the people who knew him, competed against him, heard of him, and love him, and the community to celebrate Jake with a “Day of Games” fundraising event beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at San Ramon Valley High School, 501 Danville Blvd., in Danville.

Jake will be going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall and he will need a full-time assistant to live with him and help him navigate his daily life.

Enjoy great food and games with Jake, Ladouceur, and fellow “Day of Games” teams made up of players from each school, organized by coaches and the athletic community, including Steve Jacoby from eteamsponsor, Aaron Becker from San Ramon Valley High, Matt Russi from Monte Vista, Eric Bellucci from California High, Kevin Hartwig from Freedom, and Justin Alumbaugh from De La Salle.

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