John Michael Night is a pillar of strength at Trinity Prep High School in Winter Park, Florida.
The Under Armor All American committed to play Division I lacrosse at Mercer University in Georgia. He is a handsome, over achieving, Varsity MVP type of 17-year-old leader with a work ethic that precedes him and a nickname “The Flow” to respect his thick head of wavy brown hair. That is why his sudden unpredictable rare circumstances with “Locked-In Syndrome,” the direct result of a stroke on December 14th 2015, has been such a blow to his close knit family and friends and really the whole community which is spreading further everyday. By January 5th John Michael was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia which specializes in spinal cord injuries and brain trauma. The Night family demonstrating that same family work ethic of positivity and a “can do it” attitude fueled by love.
Casey Powell was contacted through friends of the Night family. Casey had just been elected Captain of the USA Lacrosse Team who would scrimmage University of Denver on January 10th at the IMG Academy in Bradenton FL. As Team Captain, Casey was honored with the task of leading his team on to the field carrying the American flag. With the stars and stripes in one hand, his team of elite lacrosse players behind him, and a signature lacrosse dedication “JMN” on his chin guard, Casey Powell took the field with a purpose. Casey put his ability where his heart is and dedicated that game to fellow lacrosse player John Michael Night in this time of need. With his mind on JMN’s recovery Casey notched 2 goals and 3 assists in the game and drew an untold amount of positive attention to JMN’s condition.
Casey wanted to dedicate his effort in person so on January 20th he and World Lacrosse Foundation Executive Director Heather Chase O’Neil visited John Michael Night at the Shepherd Center. They wanted him to know that the WLF stands behind John and his family, and encourages the lacrosse community to join the mission as well.
Donations to help create experiences for these players in their time of need can be made here at The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation.