Community rallies support for Catholic Central High School hockey player who broke back

Matt Sorisho broke his back in recent game

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:15:35 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 06:44:15 PM EDT
Matt Sorisho
NOVI, Mich. -

Detroit Catholic Central High School is rallying around a student hockey player, who has been left paralyzed from the waist down. Matt Sorisho’s back hit the boards during a game in the Michigan Development Hockey League.

“Matt has quite the fight on his hands,” said Catholic Central Athletic Director Aaron Babicz. “But to see the way everyone is responding is comforting.”

The school will hold a casual dress day fundraiser for help pay for Matt’s recovery, including making his home wheelchair accessible. Contractors are already offering to donate their services. Students are praying for him in the school chapel and in classrooms. His teammates have dedicated their season for him.

“Brothers here -- they stick with each other no matter what. It’s such a close connection,” said CC student and hockey player Carter Cerretani.

A huge card crowded with student signatures incudes that of Sal Cipriano, a CC student who was nearly killed during an attack on his family in 2012. Later that year, Catholic Central supported the family of football player David Widzinski, who died of natural causes.

”In our prayers we keep saying, we’ve done our share Lord, please spare us,” said Principal Fr. John Huber. “But we can deal with what comes. I’m incredibly proud of the 1,100 students of Catholic Central.”

The NHL has reached out, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has visited Matt in the hospital. Phoenix Coyotes player David Moss, A CC graduate, brought him a hockey stick autographed by Coyotes players.

Matt’s many supporters are impressed by his positive attitude during the worst time of his young life.

“He’s very motivated,” said Fr. Huber. “He told me on the second day after the accident, ‘I need to meet with my guidance counselor about the classes I need to get into Michigan State.’”

A trust fund has been set up for Sorisho.

You can donate here.