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Recovering North Schuylkill Football Player Jaden Leiby Joins Team for Year-end Banquet

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(Photo: North Schuylkill School District/Jim Gross)

On Sunday, North Schuylkill’s emotional 2019 football season ended on a bit of a high note. Injured star player Jaden Leiby was able to join the rest of the team in full for the first time since his tragic injury last Fall.

Leiby suffered a serious spinal injury on Oct. 25 in a Schuylkill League football game at home against Pottsville.

Jaden Leiby Rejoins North Schuylkill Football Team for Year-end Banquet

Leiby had a chance to get away from the grueling physical therapy to join his team one more time.

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(Photo: North Schuylkill School District-Athletic Dept.)

At the Spartans banquet, Leiby was honored as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Prior to his injury, Leiby racked up 2,993 yards on the ground. In his senior season in 2019, he had more than 1,000 yards and scored 18 TDs.

And it was another chance for Leiby to be with his senior classmates to celebrate their 2019 Schuylkill League football championship. reports, “Not a dry eye could be found as Jaden Leiby was the special guest at the North Schuylkill Spartans banquet at Fountain Springs Country Inn.

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Since the time that Leiby got rushed from the football field at North Schuylkill that Friday night, we haven’t heard much of him until lately.

Leiby’s inspiring recovery from the severe injury started getting media attention this week. WNEP’s Chase Senior filed this story last week on Leiby’s inspiring recovery:

That happened soon after video of Leiby going through physical therapy treatments with the help of a therapy dog went viral locally.

About two weeks ago, Leiby shared his appreciation for the therapy staff tending to his recovery. He posted this to Twitter:

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In the time between Leiby’s injury and these recent updates, some high-profile people in the football community spoke out on Leiby’s behalf. That includes two notable Penn State University alums.

Former North Schuylkill and Penn State football great Gino Capone penned a letter asking fellow football alumni to donate to Leiby’s cause.

And former Nittany Lion Adam Taliafero also reached out in support of Leiby. That includes a recent tweet recognizing Leiby’s heroic recovery efforts since his injury.

But the support for Leiby extended well beyond those higher-profile voices. On social media and throughout many Schuylkill County communities, #PrayersFor6 fundraisers popped up. You’ll still find people, including North Schuylkill School District using this image as their social media profile photo.

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The hashtag was shared on social media and the phrase even spawned a popular T-shirt that you can’t miss around the North Schuylkill school community.

The Canary joins the rest of the Coal Region community in wishing Jaden Leiby a continued speedy and full recovery. #PrayersFor6

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  1. insider

    February 3, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Great reporting about a tremendous young man and his teammates.This transcends football.Please remind people that contributions are still needed to help in his long recovery.
    Shout out to Leroy Boyer of the RepublicanHerald for his moving article.
    You both should be congratulated for your sincerity in thrse articles…Well done!

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