We play sports for fun. We play because we love competition and we want to be the best. Sports teaches us so many life lessons and feeds our hunger to win. One of the lessons is overcoming adversity. On my show tomorrow in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim we will talk with former St. Joe’s University pitcher, Joey Gorman. Joey had a promising career playing baseball, a game he loves when he was stricken with a very debilitating disease called Chiari Malformation, a condition that results in structural defects in the base of the skull and cerebellum, and thus causes brain tissue to extend into your spinal canal. After multiple surgeries and extensive rehab, Joey’s dream of playing professional baseball was dashed, but that didn’t stop him. 

photo by Joey Gorman

As we wait for the resumption of professional sports, we have a little time to remind people of inspirational stories that motivate us to be strong when life throws you a curveball. Joey got back to playing baseball, although he was never the same again. After graduating from St. Joseph's University with an Art degree, Gorman went on to Neumann University, where he recently earned a master’s degree in business. Joey has since started a podcast, Athletes Outta Action and we will talk with him about all the charity work and Chiari awareness he does to help others. 

On Saturdays’s show we will continue to push for Brian Propp to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Most beach patrols at the Jersey Shore are preparing for the summer. In our next addition of The Beach Patrol report we will talk with the Captain of the Ocean City beach patrol Mark Jamison. Capt. Jamison will tell us how his guards will implement Covid-19 precautions while keeping swimmers safe this year.