Blue Jays Fly Together

Collin McGovern (left) and Mike Garvey (right) Celebrate Landmark Championship

Elizabethtown, Pa. – Collin McGovern is a fifth year engineering major and former baseball player here at Elizabethtown College. He is a great roommate, friend and inspiration to everyone that has gotten the pleasure to know him. Collin is the type of person that stays positive in any difficult circumstances life throws at him.

Collin played baseball for the Blue Jays his Freshman and Sophomore year. He was a talented right handed pitcher that predominantly got his appearances out of the bullpen. Collin was a hard working player that had a love for the game. “I’ve been playing baseball my whole life and I could not see myself not being around the game,” Collin said.

During his season Freshman year, Collin got a rare illness called Ataxia. It is a virus in the brain that impaired his motor skills and speech. “It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to go through,” Collin said. 

It ended his baseball career and paused his academic career at school. It was tough for the entire team to see one of their teammates struggling. He was missed on and off the field as a friend and player.

He had to leave school to rehabilitate. “I was at Hershey Rehabilitation Center for a while going to speech and physical therapy,” Collin said. “The guys on the team visited all the time, brought me get well gifts and filled me in on what was going on.”

Collin eventually moved back home and got to do his therapy from there. He had to stay home from school the following year. However, he came to almost every baseball game to support his teammates throughout the entire season.

“I couldn’t get through it without my friends and family. The team and my love for the game is what got me through. They kept me looking forward, Collin said.”

The entire baseball team wrote “#CM28” on all of their gear in honor of their teammate. They all played in honor of him because of how hard he worked to get back to school. Everyone was inspired with how he handled what life threw at him. He never gave up and stayed positive.

The Blue Jays went on to win their first ever Landmark Championship Collin’s sophomore year. He was there at the championship game at Gallaudet University cheering on his teammates. It was a magical season carried by inspiration.

Collin brought the Blue Jays to play at a higher level. They kept hope no matter what circumstance they were faced. Whenever they were staring failure in the face they persevered. The Jays had numerous walk off winners and come from behind victories.

Collin was able to return to Elizabethtown, what would have been his Junior year, to continue his academic career. He plans on graduating this spring. His return was dramatic and loved by so many. It makes you think about how important the little things in life are.

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