Montgomery, AL – Two local high school athletes will be honored with the John Thayer Voltz Comeback Award at a presentation Tuesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Jackson Hospital. The Jackson Hospital Sports Medicine program, along with partners Alabama Orthopaedic Specialists and Rehab Associates are presenting the awards.
The 2013 recipients are both rising seniors – Jordan Jones at Alabama Christian Academy and Keyanna Abdul-Malik at Carver High School. Dr. Dexter Walcott of Alabama Orthopaedic Specialists performed surgeries on Jones and Abdul-Malik before the athletes made their comebacks.
Jones had her first surgery in 2011 after an injury playing softball. After four months of intensive physical therapy, she returned to the softball field for the 2012 season. She reinjured her shoulder and underwent another surgery with more rehab work. In August Jordan will begin her senior year at ACA, where she will play softball and volleyball.
Abdul-Malik is a star basketball and volleyball players at Carver. In 2012, she suffered a knee injury playing volleyball. During her rehab exercises following surgery, she realized scar tissue was impacting her ability to regain a full range of motion. In January, she had a manipulation and another round of aggressive physical therapy. Abdul-Malik has returned to playing sports.
“Both of these ladies displayed incredible intestinal fortitude and toughness through their injuries, surgeries and rehabilitations,” said Dr. Walcott. “Both were extremely determined to return to the sports they loved, and through their hard work and dedication, they were able to achieve their goals. It is because of their incredible toughness and ‘never give up’ attitude that we are able to present Jordan and Keyanna with the Comeback Award for 2013.”
John Thayer Voltz was an athlete in Montgomery in the 1990s. He was a three-sport standout at Montgomery Academy, playing football, basketball and baseball. In 2006, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). He fought a courageous battle for six years, and passed away in May 2012 at the age of 39. The Comeback Award will be given annually in Thayer’s memory to local athletes who have demonstrated strength and willingness to battle against the odds to recover from a major injury and return to sports.