If you aren’t familiar with the story of high school hockey player Jack Jablonski, he is a former Minnesota high school hockey player who, at 16, was tragically paralyzed from the chest down after being hit in a game. Since the injury, Jablonski has become an inspirational figure. He was ceremonially drafted by the USHL’s Chicago Steel last year, and he hosts a weekly hockey segment on a local radio station.
Today, he was joined on his show by ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, and pulled a move that most of us probably wouldn’t have had the guts to when we were in High School. He asked her to prom. Larry Brown Sports has a transcription of the conversation:
“I’d formally like to invite you to my prom,” Jablonski said after his co-hosts introduced the subject.
Beadle gasped with excitement and astonishment, and she quickly said yes.
“Seriously, I would love it,” said Beadle. “Can I wear an ’80s dress to the prom?” she asked, showcasing her typical quick humor and wit.
“And no alcoholic beverages, Jack, I will be watching,” she joked.
This is an awesome move by Beadle. Many celebrities accept invitations like this and then back out last minute, but it sounds like she is going to make it to that dance. It will definitely be one that Jablonski won’t forget, and he definitely deserves an awesome date. Beadle sounds fairly excited about it as well:
“I know that he’s a badass and someone I look up to immensely… I was shocked when he asked today. And I adore him for doing it live on the radio. I’m honored to squeeze my 38 year old behind into a formal gown for a great night!”