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Tag: Rutgers University

Eric LeGrand Reflects on Decade Teaching Others to Believe

Published: October 16, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ten years after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game at MetLife Stadium that left him paralyzed, Eric LeGrand continues to serve as an inspiration at Rutgers, around the state and beyond.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the difference he has made is his number 52 prominently displayed atop SHI Stadium. Retired jersey numbers are rare in college football due to roster sizes that exceed their availability.

Eric LeGrand Shares Words of Wisdom with Riverview Students

Published: April 4, 2019

DENVILLE, NJ – Eric LeGrand stopped by Riverview Elementary School in Denville to share pearls of wisdom with its third, fourth and fifth graders on Wednesday, April 3. Approximately 200 students attended the assembly to meet the former Rutgers University football player who now is confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury he sustained in a game during his junior year at Rutgers.

“We invited Eric LeGrand because his message supports our service-learning project,” explained Riverview Principal Christina Theodoropoulos, also a Rutgers alumna. Riverview students are working on bringing peace to themselves and others by having a positive mindset. The acronym ROCKET describes the project’s objectives – be respectful, optimistic, compassionate, kind, empathetic, and a team player.

Movement through Words

Published: April 2, 2012

Javier Robles speaks to Kean students about his experiences living as a quadriplegic!

On March 12th, 2012, the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) hosted their event Life with a Spinal Cord Injury in the University Center Little Theatre. Javier Robles, a quadriplegic suffered a neck injury at the age of sixteen. Robles fell off a tree in Branchburg Park in Newark, New Jersey and he was found three hours later by his family and was taken to University Hospital in Newark. His first encounter after the accident was with doctors, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.