WALPOLE, MASS. (WHDH) - Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling organized an auction and hockey tournament to help a Bishop Feehan High School hockey player’s family cover his medical bills.
The auction was held during hockey tournaments in Walpole on Friday for AJ Quetta, a student at the school who underwent surgery following a serious spinal cord injury while out on the ice.
“He’s just a wonderful kid and a wonderful family,” said former coach Rob Barletta.
The weekend tournament is being held to draw attention to the fundraiser.
Schilling’s son was Quetta’s teammate on the Walpole Express. He said the space is being donated to help the Quetta family out during a difficult time.
“These are a lot of kids that played against and with AJ on summer team, Rob has been an amazing champion for the cause and he’s donated the ice, everything so we got 4 teams battling it out over the weekend to raise money,” the former Red Sox pitcher said.
The 18-year-old hockey player suffered his injury back in January and last month was sent to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta.
Money collected from admissions and t-shirts sold during the tournament will all go to the Quetta family.
“This is a lifelong commitment,” Barletta said. “We’re not sure how much we can raise. The family can use all the help they can get. We’re in for the long haul.”
Autographed sports memorabilia is also being auctioned off during the event.
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