Classmates and family friends of 18-year-old San Ramon Valley High School Senior Jake Javier turned out in support of the popular student athlete after he sustained a severe head injury while swimming at a home on Estates Drive in Danville Thursday.
Javier, who friends said was looking forward to starting college at Cal Poly and who was meant to play football there, was taken to a local trauma center by helicopter shortly after he suffered a significant head trauma while swimming with friends at 4:28 p.m.
Word from his family to friends and supporters reported that Javier was paralyzed from the shoulders down after surgery. His doctors are working to determine if he will be able to regain the use of his arms and hands.
Firefighters and police secured a landing zone for a REACH air ambulance and Javier was airlifted from the varsity baseball field of his high school and taken to a local trauma center, where he underwent surgery Thursday night.
A supportive gathering of students and family friends was organized and held at the school as news of Javier’s injury spread. A gofundme account was started Friday to help with the cost of medical expenses.
Javier won the 2015 Danville Rotary “Peter Villa” Award last year, an award given to the top high school football player in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District each year.
He was an All-League selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman in 2015 as well as a team captain, youth camp counselor, and club officer.
He was prepared to graduate with the rest of his class at San Ramon Valley High today, Friday. There was no immediate word on what his school would do to mark his absence from their commencement.