The Mission of the FRIENDS OF ROCKY21™ is to provide support through contacting health care providers, working with academic institutions, local governments and help provide resources to families with athletes that have catastrophic and devastating injuries.
Our Vision for the FRIENDS OF ROCKY21™ is to bring forth awareness to the health and safety issues of High School and Collegiate athletes with regards to injuries that are catastrophic and debilitating. We believe that these athletes should have ongoing accessible health care provided by the local academic institutions and/or state government over the course of their lifetime.
What Rocky Taught Us.....
Rocky and Annette gave me so much more than I could ever give to them. Rocky and Annette made me much more aware of the small joys of life. All those who knew Rocky will miss his strength, courage and his smile. Our hearts are heavy that he didn't realize his dreams of getting his health care back and returning to school. Rocky once told me that someone had asked him "Why do you want to go to school?" His response was,"My body may be paralyzed but my mind isn't." Please don't let all that Rocky fought for go by the wayside. Please pick up the mantle that Rocky held for so long and fight for the Rocky Clark Legislation. I would like to encourage everyone to open up their hearts and minds and reach out to those around them who may be experiencing difficulty or who are in need of some assistance in their life right now. We cannot predict where and when we will be called on to provide help but if we keep our eyes open and our spirits tuned to God we will become ambassadors of God’s grace and mercy to somebody who is in great need of it and will make this world a kinder place to live in.
Rocky, we love you and we will carry you in our hearts always!
I heard Rev. Claude King speak about Rocky Clark on a Sunday in late January after he had passed away. I was surprised to hear that aid had been cut off and his medicine rationed. I had been looking for a way to get involved and give back. Having been a football player in both high school and college, I learned indispensable values on the field...responsibility, accountability, working together as a team and hard work. I have carried these values and they are still a big part of my life.
Rocky was a wonderful person. What I loved most about him was his zest for life. Rocky was a trooper, all he wanted was due to him and that was to have his health insurance to take care of him. It was not his fault that he out-lived his policy. Rocky and his mom have become like family to me. I love them to pieces! No other athlete should be penalized for a disability. I will continue to fight the fight that he started and win.
Rocky and Annette have been a shining example of total selflessness. When I met them for the first time, I was moved by their limitless hope and fearless determination. Being a graphic designer, I was moved to learn that Rocky was an aspiring artist. We shared stories and I even brought in some of my drawings which Rocky commented on, "Yeah, they're pretty good" and then turned his head in my direction and beamed that smile that we have all become so familiar with! Rocky's humbleness, hope, inspiration and friendship will always stay with me. It is my hope that Rocky's life will continue to inspire and direct each and every one of us in every aspect of our lives. Let us work together to pass the Rocky Clark Bill. "We Not Me"