Former John Jay multi-sport standout Chris Bocklet is facing the toughest challenge of his young life after suffering a severe head and brain injury in a longboarding accident in Florida over New Year’s weekend.
The 31-year-old, who played lacrosse and football at John Jay High School and went on to have an outstanding career as an attackman on the University of Virginia lacrosse team, sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident, according to his older brother Matt.
After several days in the intensive care unit of the Florida hospital, Bocklet was transferred to the step-down trauma unit. He is expected to be moved to the Shepherd Center for Brain Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia, by mid-January.
“(It) was a pretty positive day as we found out he was accepted to the Shepherd Center for Brain Rehabilitation in Atlanta,” Matt Bocklet said. “From everything we have heard, it is the best place for him to be. He’s still in the trauma unit of the hospital, but we are hoping to get him to Atlanta by the end of the week.”
Matt added, “From there, he will most likely be at Shepherd’s for one or two months or however long it takes. Knowing Chris, he will crush rehab like everything else he does in life, but with brain injuries you just have to be patient.”
To help offset the costs of the treatment and care, former Syracuse University lacrosse star Casey Powell helped set up a GoFundMe page, which has already far surpassed its original fundraising goal of $5,000. As of Jan. 11, the page had accumulated more than $215,000 of donations.
The page can be reached by logging on to gofundme.com/f/helping-chris-bocklet.
A 2008 graduate of John Jay, Chris Bocklet helped Virginia win a national championship in 2011. He was the third of four Bocklet siblings to play lacrosse at John Jay.
Mike Bocklet, 36, the eldest, is a 2003 grad who played collegiately at Fairfield University and has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at State University of New York at Purchase College since 2016.
A 2004 graduate of John Jay, Matt Bocklet, now 34, has transitioned from standout defenseman for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse to the team president, a position he has held since mid-February. After spending his first two college years at Fairfield University, where he played lacrosse with older brother Mike, Matt Bocklet transferred to Johns Hopkins University, where he helped the Blue Jays capture the 2007 national championship.
The lone daughter of Terry and Barry Bocklet, Casey, 27, graduated from John Jay in 2011. She spent one year at Northwestern University, then transferred and finished her lacrosse career with three seasons at Virginia.