name is Kayleigh Summers and I am a senior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
in Pennsauken, NJ. For the past fourteen years, my true passion has been playing
soccer. During a soccer game in late September, my nose was broken in sixteen places
after an opposing players’ knee slammed into my face. I was told that I wouldn’t
be back on the field for 6-8 weeks, which was devastating news. I was the senior
captain on the returning state championship team and to think I was out for the season
was more than I could take.
Fortunately, I received a call from a member of the boys’
soccer team who told me about the possibility of getting a mask made by Mr. Jeremy Murray
at Michigan Sports & Rehab Center. I was so excited that I had my mother contact Mr. Murray
immediately. After that first phone call, things moved very quickly. Mr. Murray walked us
through, step by step, everything we had to do in order to get me back playing.
Because I live so far from Michigan, Mr. Murray researched where I could have my mask
template made, while also researching the New Jersey State Athletic Association’s
rules and regulations for masks. The entire process went so smoothly that I was back
on the field in just 3 weeks. Mr. Murray’s instructions on wearing and adjusting the
mask were thorough and easy to follow. The mask fit perfectly and I played with
it for the rest of the season and throughout the playoffs.
Mr. Murray was in constant
contact with my mother and me even after he knew that the mask fit.
Although Mr. Murray never met me, it was obvious how much he truly cared.
My senior soccer season was saved because of Mr. Murray and I can now look
forward to playing at the college level. I can’t thank him enough for getting
me back on the field.
Jeremy Murray is the mask maker
The Oakland Press recently wrote a feature about Murray and the masks that he has made through the years.
Jeremy Murray, certified orthotist and licensed occupational therapist in the Orthotics Department of Michigan Hand and Sports Rehabilitation Centers, is quite busy during the high school and college basketball seasons. Although the department offers a wide array of orthotic services, they are best known for their personalized protective face masks.
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