JOSH SCHECK EARNS 2017-2018 MUSCLE MOVEMENT FDN. NATIONAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD
NEW JERSEY YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYER DEDICATES SEASON TO NEW TEAMMATE
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ - Coach Scott Harrington and the Jersey Shore Wildcats Bantam Black Hockey Team were thrilled to welcome a special teammate to the ice this past hockey season. The team joined the Muscle Movement Foundation's Charity of Champions campaign; a campaign that unites athletes across the country in the fight against neuromuscular disease. By way of the Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF), Harry Smith was signed to the Jersey Shore Wildcats Hockey Team!
Harry is living and refusing to lose to Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD). EDMD is a form of muscular dystrophy that is characterized by muscle degeneration and weakness, which primarily affects an individual's voluntary muscles. The disease commonly affects the individual's calves, shoulders, upper arms, and additionally may cause contractures (hardening of muscles or tissue) in the heels, back of the arms (elbows), and neck. EDMD also commonly displays heart problems. The disease is a genetic condition and may be inherited in an x-linked recessive pattern (from the mother), autosomal dominant pattern (from either parent), or autosomal recessive pattern (from both parents). Genetic research continues in attempt to develop a stronger understanding of the disease and discover effective therapies that may assist with the presence of muscle degeneration.
Unfortunately, Harry lost his ability to stand and walk this past year. Due to the progressive degeneration of Harry's muscles, and after being denied insurance coverage for physical therapy, Harry's strength and mobility diminished. This is when Josh Scheck, a fourteen year old scholar-athlete, stepped up to make a difference. Josh immediately began to raise awareness and contributions to directly enhance Harry’s strength, autonomy, and quality of life. He dedicated each game to his teammate, Harry Smith #55, raising donations during each performance on the ice. Additionally, Josh hit the streets to spread the Muscle Movement Fdn. message. He visited local businesses to ensure they understood their potential impact in becoming involved. Businesses such as, NJ Spine and Wellness, the Foundation for MERS, American Stair & Rail Artisans, LC Doggy Club, DCG Creative, Manalapan BOE President, Dotty Porcaro, Deputy Mayor of Manalapan Township, Susan Unger Cohen, family and friends of the Jersey Shore Wildcats, and more were more than happy to support Josh in his fundraising efforts!
Josh lead the MMF Charity of Champions scoreboard throughout the 2017-2018 year. He competed against more than 100 athletes and over 20 teams from 10 states throughout the country; in efforts to raise the most awareness and support for a local Muscle Movement Fdn. Muscle Champion in need. Josh single-handily raised $2,500 of the Jersey Shore Wildcat’s $4,800 raised for MMF Muscle Champion, Harry Smith! That is more than 50% of the team’s total initiative, and 250% of Josh’s pre-season goal of $1,000!
This impressive young man was honored by way of MMF Founder and President, Rob DeMasi, at the Jersey Shore Wildcat’s end-of-year ceremony. Josh was awarded the 2017-2018 Muscle Movement Fdn. National Athlete of the Year award; an award that acknowledges a single scholar-athlete in the United States who is creating an impact in the muscle disease community through advocacy and initiative.
Josh lead his team to a National Championship on and off the ice! In addition to Josh Scheck being crowned the 2017-2018 MMF National Athlete of the Year, the Jersey Shore Wildcats Hockey Team was crowned 2017-2018 MMF National Champions! Click here to read the team’s article! Furthermore, Josh’s teammates Billy Hrehowsik and Marcus Franco were also recognized! Billy was awarded the 2017-2018 MMF National Athlete of the Year Second Runner-Up Award and Marcus earned the 2017-2018 MMF National Athlete of the Year Runner-Up Award!
Congratulations to Josh and the entire Jersey Shore Wildcats Bantam Black Hockey Team for demonstrating exemplary leadership and dedication to the Muscle Movement Fdn., on and off the ice, in honor of their teammate #55 Harry Smith!
Click here to view a live video about Harry and team via Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press.
As you can see, impact starts with initiative! Our 2018-2019 MMF Charity of Champions campaign is now active! Are you or a loved one on an athletic team? Click here to create your very own Muscle Movement Fdn. page, empower locals affected by muscle disease, and earn accredited community service hours along the way. It takes a team effort to fight muscle disease. And our team consists of scholar-athletes across the country!
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