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April 29, 2013

St. John's holds Hour of Therapy for Coppola

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The Coppola family will have a busy weekend coming up, with son Derek graduating from the University of New Hampshire on Saturday and daughter Brittni from Maryland on Sunday. After that, they’ll accompany Jared to Atlanta.

“The remarkable progress Jared has made is just incredible,” said St. John’s Prep football coach and athletic director Jim O’Leary. “That day when he got hurt on the field changed my life as a coach forever. I went to visit Jared in Atlanta when he first went to the Shepard Center, and now he is doing life changing things. His family, the North Reading and Prep communities are committed to helping him forever.”

Head assistant football coach Mike Barbati said the outpouring of support for Coppola was heartwarming.

“He’s excited to go back to Atlanta,” said Barbati. “Jared is such a hard worker and has such a great attitude. We are all rooting for him. It won’t be easy, and progress doesn’t come overnight, but he never stops working.”

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