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City Islanders hold fundraiser for Jason Hotchkin

Updated: Saturday, August 24 2013, 11:26 PM CDT
Reported by Jesse Knutson (JKnutson@sbgtv.com)

More than one thousand people gathered on City Island today to show support for their City Islanders in the playoffs, and for Jason Hotchkin, who was shot multiple times during an

attempted homicide in West Chester last Sunday. His former teammates and City Islanders fans stepped up to raise money for Hotchkin’s medical bills during the playoff game.

The day began and ended with strong emotions in support of Jason Hotchkin. For warmups, players wore shirts with the number 11 on the back that said “Stay Strong," and throughout the game there were many tributes to the recovering soccer player.

City Islanders General Manager says the news that Hotchkin had been shot was a surprise to everyone saying, “When we first heard about it, everybody was in shock. You know, it’s a friend, it’s a former teammate, everybody was kind of stunned by the accident that happened.”

Fans were able to purchase wristbands and the shirts, and bid on the ones that the players wore, raising over $6,000 dollars for Hotchkin. Friends and fans were also able to sign a banner, which will be brought to Jason while he’s recovering.
 
“We’re all friends, we’re all fans, and we know Jason, he knows us, and we just want to give him support however we can," said City Islanders fan Michael Brame.
 
At halftime, Michael, along with other fans gathered on the field to form the number 11, Jason’s number while he was with the Islanders. The whole time, a live stream was sent to Hotchkin’s hospital room.
 
Michael said, “It was pretty cool knowing that he was able to watch it from his hospital room. At the same time we were doing it was even cooler.”

City Islanders Midfielder Jason Pelletier played with Hotchkin while he was on the Islanders, and says he is grateful for all of the support.
 
“I know he appreciates it. I got to visit him yesterday. He was watching and very, very appreciative of what everybody in this area was doing," Pelletier said. He was able to visit Hotchkins and says he is doing much better.

Hotchkins has been upgraded to good condition at Paoli Memorial Hospital.
 
The City Islander's are accepting orders for the #11 t-shirt through the City Islanders office. Their number is 717-441-GOAL.
City Islanders hold fundraiser for Jason Hotchkin


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