For Mark Woolley, the opportunity to play in the OHL means an opportunity to give back.
“I love giving back to the community,” he said. “I think that’s a big part of the game, and one that could really be pushed more.”
In his third year in the league, the 18-year-old Owen Sound Attack defenceman is using his platform to raise awareness for something near and dear to his heart and health.
“People look up to people who play in the OHL.”
This past August, Woolley launched “Woolley’s Warriors,” a non-profit aimed at providing knowledge and support for young athletes living with Type 1 diabetes, like himself.
It’s a cause that hits close to home in more ways than one.
“My older brother has had diabetes since he was born, so I’ve always kind of had that in my life, whether I was helping my parents check his blood or give him his insulin,” said Woolley.
“Then, once I turned 12, I got diagnosed myself.”
Monitoring his diet and blood levels, making sure his blood sugar levels don’t get too high or too low, and ensuring he has insulin when needed are tasks that are always top of mind, but Woolley says his day-to-day routine isn’t much different from that of his teammates and friends.
Still, he believes more information about the disease should be readily available.