Shawn Harrington Fundraiser

Editor's Note: We received the following e-mail this morning and would like to pass along this information. You can read the story in the Las Cruces Sun-News as well (Former Aggie shot while protecting daughter, currently paralyzed.

Dear Aggie Fans:

I’m sending you the background on an incredible and heartbreaking story about Shawn Harrington, the former New Mexico State point guard. Shawn attended – and until last week, worked at – Marshall High School in Chicago. If you saw the film “Hoop Dreams,” you know that school on Chicago’s west side. Shawn made a few cameos in the film. Shawn’s family had already been a victim of gun violence: a decade ago, Shawn’s mother, Frinda Harrington, was murdered in a botched break-in next door to the Kedvale Ave home he grew up in.

A week ago, Shawn himself was the victim of a mistaken identity shooting, while driving his daughter to school at 7:45 a.m. You can read about his heroic move that saved his daughter’s life in the Chicago Tribune piece below. Shawn is paralyzed, although that could change. As an employee of the Chicago Public Schools, he has health insurance, but of course that won’t cover everything – like retooling his home and car to make them wheelchair accessible.

A fundraiser has been set for Saturday, March 1, at Marshall High School. I’m asking for your help: I’m hoping you can spread the word on Shawn, and mention that the “Shawn Harrington Recovery Fund” has been set up at the Fifth Third Bank in Chicago. Any of their branches will accept a walk-in deposit. Or a check to the “Shawn Harrington Recovery Fund” can be mailed to:

Fifth Third Bank
2710 N Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 385-6050

Important phone numbers:
Dorothy Gators, Marshall Athletics Director (and hugely successful women’s coach)—cell 708.927.3541 – she is the event organizer and has known Shawn for 25 years; Marshall boys head coach Henry Cotton: 773.430.2291.