Over 200 family members and friends gathered together to celebrate the life of JJ Marino ’08 at the first Annual JJ Marino Memorial Golf Outing at Creekwood Golf Course on July 12, 2014. JJ died suddenly on March 31, 2013, when the car he was riding in was hit by a semi-truck, as he and friends headed back to Ohio from a Spring Break trip in Florida.
At the event, the entire Padua Hockey family, including Head Coach Greg Coyle, former Head Coach Doug Hauser and many former Padua Hockey players were on hand to present JJ’s parents, Kevin and Sandi Marino, with JJ’s Padua Hockey jersey, and to announce that JJ’s number 28 would be retired and hung in the Padua locker room, so that his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of Padua Bruins for years to come.
Shortly after JJ died, Bob and Ellin Sevchuk, along with their children Patrick ‘08, Kate ’09 and Kaileen ’14, created the JJ Marino Endowment Fund as another way to honor JJ’s life. The Fund is designed to benefit a Padua student who shared the same traits as JJ or someone in need of tuition assistance. The fund is administered by the Padua Franciscan High School Endowment Trust. Proceeds from the Golf Outing support the Fund. Earlier this year, the first scholarship was awarded to rising senior Alex Dempsey ’15.
JJ’s family looks forward to making the Golf Outing an annual event and plans are already underway for next year’s outing which will be held on July 11, 2015.