CHAMINADE AND EA SPORTS PRIVILEGED TO HONOR A SPECIAL MARINE
There was a very special guest attending the opening day games of the EA Sports Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University on November 21. Lance Corporal Joshua Jablon, from the Wounded Warrior Battalion West detachment at Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was invited to some red carpet treatment this past weekend and Monday, November 21, the first day of the premium early-season men’s Division I collegiate basketball tournament. It was an opportunity for Jablon to enjoy a short leave and a day of college basketball, and an opportunity for Chaminade and EA Sports to honor the sacrifices of our military. The invitation was extended through Chaplain Steve Jensen, Friends of Windward Wounded Warriors, and the Hawaii Wounded Warrior Program, which assists Marines injured in combat with the sudden transitions they face physically, mentally, and professionally.
Jablon’s VIP schedule was a busy one. He flew from Honolulu to Maui on the morning of Sunday, November 20 on the private airplane owned by Carolyn Berry, a Chaminade regent. Jablon, Berry, and her pilot David Wilson drove from Kahului Airport to the Hyatt Maui in Lahaina. Later that afternoon, Jablon toured the Lahaina Civic Center including an onsite tour of the ESPN compound. He got to watch practices, meet with coaches and student-athletes, and eat lunch in television compound. The VIP treatment included one night accommodation at the Hyatt Maui (a tournament host hotel) and a ticket to the Tip-Off Banquet dinner held at Hyatt Maui.
On Monday, November 21, Lance Corporal received an all-day game ticket for all the games, a one-day shuttle pass to and from games, and an all-day pass to the Stadium Club (a ticketed hospitality area with food and beverages). Plus the big highlight of the day, Jablon participated in the game ball presentation prior to the start of Chaminade’s game (vs. UCLA) on Monday and received one tournament basketball as a souvenir. Jablon and Chaminade students who came from Honolulu to Maui to support the Silverswords joined up for the game and then returned later that evening to Honolulu. Go Swords!
Lance Corporal Joshua Jablon was born on May 2, 1989 in Fort Atkinson, WI. His hometown is Kasota, MN, where he graduated from Mankato West High School on June 7, 2007. A mere three days after graduating, he found himself at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego for “boot camp”. Following additional training, he was assigned to a unit in Okinawa, Japan, from which he deployed to Iraq from February 2008-October 2009. Due to injuries sustained there, he was reassigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion West detachment at Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, HI where is receiving treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He and his service dog Ono are currently awaiting his medical retirement board.
Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University, a Catholic/ Marianist university, offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. Chaminade is also a Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution with its main campus located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, and 10 satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.