Friday nights used to be a big deal in Brockton, N.Y., as the Westfield/Brocton football team took the field ready to represent their community.
Now they are just a painful reminder of what happened to player Damon Janes earlier this month when he suffered a severe head injury during a game that led to his death three days later.
In fact, the pain is so overwhelming, the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education unanimously approved superintendent David Davison’s recommendation to cancel the five remaining games on the team’s schedule.
What follows is the statement:
The pending motion was shared with players from both teams at a team meeting on Monday. During the meeting, players shared creative and positive ways to honor Damon Janes through our athletic programs and school communities for the remainder of the year and into the future. This will be a student driven effort and allow Damon’s friends and teammates to continue the grieving process off of the playing field.
Both Brocton and Westfield continue to offer support to students and players through district counseling departments. For parents and family members in need of assistance, grief counseling is available through several agencies and local churches.
Section VI has been notified of District’s decision to not complete the season.