Soccer for a cause

Courtesy photoDespite a freak accident that left him paralyzed, Jack Gerard is determined to put in the work necessary to regain his mobility.

A Halloween-themed soccer event will be held to support Jack Gerard, a local teen who was paralyzed in a swimming accident over the summer.

After a freak accident while on vacation with his family on Cape Cod, Gerard, 18, broke his neck, resulting in a C6 spinal injury that left him paralyzed.

On Sunday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., children ages 8 to 12 are invited to play in the Soccer'een Costume Soccer Event at Phillips Academy. The event will be a 4-on-4 soccer tournament where teams will play three games in a one-hour period.

Prizes for best team costume and best individual costume will be given out during the event. Parking will be available at Bancroft Elementary School.

Those interested in playing must register between 8 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Caffè Nero at 77 Main St. If parents do not sign a waiver during the registration event, their children cannot play in the tournament.

Event organizers are asking for a $15 donation to register for the event, cash or check, and checks must be payable to Jack Gerard Trust.

To register online, visit For questions or to volunteer during the event, contact

A GoFundMe page is also set up for those wishing to make an online contribution to Jack and the Gerard family. Visitin for more information.


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