ESPN host Michelle Beadle made headlines by going to the prom with 16-year-old paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski on April 26.
ESPN host Michelle Beadle went to the prom of 16-year-old paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski on April 26.
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An April 27 CBS Minnesota report has the details:
"Since being paralyzed during a high school hockey game three years ago, Jack Jablonski has had many highs and lows.
"Saturday night was most definitely a high.
"Saturday was prom night at Benilde-St. Margaret's, and Jablonski's date is one of the co-hosts of SportsNation on ESPN2, Michelle Beadle.
"Jack has been a fan of hers and he worked up the nerve to ask her out during a radio interview a few weeks ago.
"She said yes and made the trip.
"'I'm happy that the school actually allowed me because I know they're very...they've got some very good rules here. And so it'll be fun. I get to go on a school bus. Hello, it's going to make me young again,' Beadle said."
Beadle also wrote a series of tweets leading up to and after the prom.
"I'm a 38 year old getting ready for prom. My hair will be slightly smaller and my bum slightly bigger. And I'm also nervous. What?!?!
"Thanks to Benilde-St. Margaret's for an awesome prom! And to Mrs. Anderson for my 1st breathalyzer."
She also posted a selfie with Jablonski on her Twitter account.
KSTP.com's Megan Stewart added more information about Beadle's prom date:
"Beadle had dinner with the Jablonski family, then participated in the grand march at the school and rode a bus with other prom-goers to the dance off site.
"Beadle, who posted several pictures on her Twitter feed, says she admires Jablonski for keeping smiling despite what he's gone through."
According to Jeremy Olson and David La Vaque of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jablonski sustained the injury against Wayzata in late Dec. 2011 "when he was checked from behind and crashed head-first into the boards."
In the process, Dr. Tina Slusher told Olson and La Vaque that Jablonski fractured two vertebrae and severed his spinal cord at the C5 level.
The injuries will prevent Jablonski from ever walking or skating again. Doctors said "spinal cord damage of this type is irreparable with surgery" and "often leads to the inability to move the arms and the legs," The Minneapolis Star-Tribune report goes on to say.
Nonetheless, the unfortunate incident opened up a new door for the 16-year-old as he is now a radio sports show host, per Bleacher Report's Dan Carson.
"Instead of lingering on his condition and forgetting sports altogether, the Benilde-St. Margaret's School student has assumed the role of co-host on Hockey Night in Minnesota -- a radio talk show on '105 the Ticket.'
"Jablonski's work includes interviewing athletes, journalists and other industry professionals. While the conversation typically sticks to sports, the young man seized an opportunity to surprise one of his guests (Beadle) with an unexpected invitation."
Carson adds Jablonski "has had a crush" on the ESPN 2 host for some time.
Beadle initially joined ESPN on June 1, 2009 and returned as SportsNation co-host on March 3, 2014.
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