GREGORY KING SIGNED TO JERSEY SHORE WILDCATS HOCKEY TEAM BY WAY OF MUSCLE MOVEMENT FOUNDATION
JERSEY SHORE WILDCATS HOCKEY TEAM PARTNERS WITH MMF FOR 2ND YEAR
WALL, NJ - Coach Scott Harrington and the Jersey Shore Wildcats Bantam Black Hockey Team joined the Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF) last season and signed Muscle Champion, Harry Smith, to their team. The result…a life-changing experience for Coach Harrington, his players, families, and Harry! The team finished the season as New Jersey Youth Hockey League (NJYHL) Champions and finished as the top team involved in the Muscle Movement Foundation Charity of Champions Campaign!
The Wildcats dedicated every game to Harry Smith’s fight against Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy (EDMD); a form of muscular dystrophy that is characterized by muscle degeneration and weakness. The disease primarily affects an individual's voluntary muscles causing severe weakness and degeneration in the calves, shoulders, and upper arms. Additionally, the disease may cause contractures (hardening of muscles or tissue) in the heels, back of the arms (elbows), and neck.
By the end of the season, the scholar-athletes raised almost $5,000 to empower Harry Smith with life-changing accommodations. The Muscle Movement Foundation provided Harry with a wheelchair accessible automobile to enhance his autonomy and quality of life! Today, Harry independently utilizes his power wheelchair and powers in and out of his vehicle under his own strength! He is also now playing sled hockey!
Harry is excited to pass the torch to a new MMF Muscle Champion this season! This year, Coach Scott Harrington and the Jersey Shore Wildcats Hockey Team have signed Gregory King to their team! Greg is a 14 year old freshman at Middletown High School South. He lives in Middletown with his mother, Patty, and his Dad, Pete. Greg also has a very fun and energetic labradoodle puppy named Hope.
Like Harry, Greg has a form of muscular dystrophy. It is called duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD); a genetic disease that causes muscle degeneration and weakness. Statistics show that the disease affects about 1 in every 3,500 boys nationwide. The disease is inherited in an x-linked recessive pattern, which explains the detrimental outcome of the disease.
Marcus Franco, a scholar-athlete on the Jersey Shore Wildcats Hockey Team, met Greg in the 4th grade and they have been friends ever since. They are now in the same high school together and excited to be involved in the great sport of hockey. Greg is a big hockey fan! He loves to play NHL 18 on Xbox. His favorite team is the New Jersey Devils and his favorite player is Taylor Hall. He enjoys watching all hockey – from the NHL to the NJYHL!
When Greg isn’t in school or watching hockey, he enjoys going to the movies, swimming in his pool, and traveling to a family cabin in Harpersfield, NY where he can hunt and fish with his Dad. Greg is also a big fan of chicken wings, chili dogs, and barbecue!
By way of the Muscle Movement Foundation, Greg is ready for a fun-filled year thanks to Coach Scott Harrington and the families of the Jersey Shore Wildcats!
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