Late high school football player to be remembered tonight
BROCTON – With a donation to the school to increase sports safety and a halftime presentation at Ralph Wilson Stadium tonight, Damon Janes is far from forgotten.
Brocton Board of Education President Doug Walter said he was invited by the Janes family to the InvisionHealth Foundation Celebrity Masquerade Ball Nov. 1 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Buffalo.
“Last Friday, Damon Janes parents, Dean and Penny and the rest of the family invited myself and my wife Nicole and the Whitmers, to a masquerade ball put on by the InvisionHealth Foundation. … We had a nice dinner but the best part of it was they had myself, Dean and Penny come up and InvisionHealth presented Brocton Central School with a check for $2,500 and there will be another $2,500 (donated) after the start of the year,” Walter said.
InvisionHealth’s mission is to educate and provide patients with the resources to optimize health and well-being, increase community awareness and fund research for the treatment of brain and spine disorders. Damon Janes passed away Sept. 16 after an injury during a football game.
Walter said the donation will go to Brocton School District to help improve sports safety awareness and education.
“I talk to Dean and Penny quite a bit and they would like this used, and so would InvisionHealth, for sports safety awareness and education and the improvement of safety in youth sports,” he said.
“I think what happened was a tragedy but I always tell Dean and Penny that he’s doing big things up in heaven,” he added.
The school was also presented with a plaque which reads, “In Loving Memory of Damon Janes, ‘Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”
High School Principal Jason Delcamp also reported that the Westfield-Brocton varsity football players and coaches were invited to the Section 6 Championship Game tonight (Randolph vs. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake) in Orchard Park where there will be a halftime demonstration in honor of Damon Janes.
Delcamp said Section 6 Class D purchased the tickets for the team and the Janeses will be in the press box during the presentation.
The board authorized a bus to run from the school to the event at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the athletes and coaches.
Walter said he has had parents ask if they can ride on the bus to the game. Delcamp said the bus will be full, but if they wanted to have a second bus go, that could be arranged.
The board decided it would only have the one bus, but Walter said he will arrange carpooling for parents who would like to ride together.