Ian Jenkins was a promising young goalie who died after an accident in May 2011. He was only 15 years old and had just been drafted by the London Knights, but even in his short life, he lived with purpose. The story is tragic, but his message has spread across the hockey community.
Ian wrote his motto, H.A.P. (Have a Purpose) on his goalie equipment, and he believed in doing everything in life (hockey, relationships, school) with purpose. Ian’s father said that he had “no patience for negativity. He believed that things were not over until it was over. He also believed life was special and that God gave him gifts to be great.” H.A.P. was a reminder to Ian that there was something bigger than just winning the hockey game – the game of life. It’s easy to get caught up in praise, criticism, a good game, a bad game, frustration, or anger, but remember… H.A.P. There is a bigger game at play.
Game Plan: What is your purpose? Do you sometimes feel like you’re coasting through the week, coasting through life, without giving much thought to the gifts that you’ve been given and what you want to accomplish? Remember the greater purpose in life.
If you’re interested in donating to the Big “E” Foundation that Ian’s family has set up in his name or finding more information about Ian’s story, check out www.bigefoundation.org.