ST. SUSANNA BOOSTERS GARRETT CHRISTIAN AWARD
The St. Susanna Booster Ministry is proud to help honor the memory of Garrett Christian, St. Susanna Class of 2001, by assisting his family in recognizing and awarding a graduating 8th grade boy and girl the Garrett Christian Leadership Award. Read below to learn more about Garrett's inspirational story.
*COURAGE * DETERMINATION * INSPIRATION * FAITH*
#42 was the St. Susanna basketball jersey proudly worn by Garrett Christian. As a 7th grader in 1999, Garrett was diagnosed with a malignant, inoperable brain tumor. This left him unable to continue to play the sport he loved. But with courage, determination, inspiration, and faith, he continued to cheer his teammates on and they excitedly included him in every detail of their games. He never showed his disappointment at not being on the court. In fact, he so inspired those around him, that after the season ended the "Garrett Christian Award" was established and presented at the annual sports banquet. The first recipient was his older brother, Alex. It was also decided that #42 would be retired to honor this young man of inspiration and unshakeable faith. His jersey hangs outside of the gymnasium, next to the plaque of those who have received this award, chosen for their inspiration to their teammates.
As an 8th grader, Garrett's battle with cancer became a very hard road. He would come to school whenever he could because he wanted to be with the people he loved. Unaware that graduation practice was his final good-bye, Garrett passed away on June 3, 2001, two days before his graduation. With the courage, determination, inspiration and faith that Garrett gave them, his 8th grade class graduated.
It is with love that we tell the story of this faith-filled young man. "#42 will live in our hearts forever."
Garrett Christian at the age
of 14 passed away on June 3,
2001 after an 18-month
battle with brain
cancer. His passion was
basketball. He was diagnosed
with cancer after falling
ill at basketball
practice. After his
diagnosis, his goal was to
graduate with his 8th grade
class on June 5th. He fell
short of his goal by two
days. During his illness he
was always positive,
frequently picking up others
who were depressed about his
condition. He lived his life
to the fullest and had the
courage to come back to
school in a wheelchair to be
with his classmates for his graduation practice, not knowing it was his good-bye. To
honor Garrett, we award to
one 8th grade boy and girl
this award which exemplifies
those characteristics of
Determination, and Courage and above all, faith.
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is required to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches, we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and selflessness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This parent volunteer communicates the team’s project information to the Boosters service project coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the Boosters service project coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!