A Norwich Hockey Player passes on something more than a puck

Jason Wilson

Many college students push themselves to achieve academically or athletically, but Norwich senior Jason Wilson does that and more.

A right winger on the Cadets Men's Ice Hockey team, Wilson skates on a line with leading scorers Mike Serba and Garett Winder. While Wilson isn't leading the team in goals scored, he has found a way for his whole team to give something back to the community and the fans who support Norwich Hockey.

Wilson started a group called "Cadets in the Community," and spearheaded a fund-raising drive to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a special place for children battling cancer. For every home goal scored by the Norwich Cadets this season, fans pledge a certain amount of money. The team decided on Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for the teammates, parents, boosters and fans in the Norwich family who have personally battled cancer or have a loved one who has.

Currently, there are players on the team with parents who are dealing with cancer, and the disease has also personally affected Wilson. "My high school teammate's mother passed away from breast cancer, and I recently lost a close relative to lung cancer," he said.

Fans of Norwich hockey may also recall Lynn Beedle '02, a member of the Norwich 2000 NCAA Division III Championship team, who now skates for the Trenton Titans. Beedle, who battled testicular cancer in 2002-03, was the subject of the award-winning documentary, "Our American Journey: The Road Back to the Frozen Four," produced by students in the Norwich Communications program in 2003.

Aside from his role on the Norwich Hockey team, Wilson is a standout academically. A Rhodes Scholar nominee, the Political Science major also made the Norwich University Scholar List. This honor is awarded to full time undergraduate students who, during the fall and spring semesters of the previous year, placed on the Dean's List with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.5.

In a recent article about his fundraising efforts in the Providence Journal Bulletin, Wilson summed up his plans for the future of the hockey team fundraiser. "My big hope," he said, "is to have something to pass on. I hope other hockey players will follow. That's why I started it.