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New law requires high schools to buy insurance for student athletes

Rasul “Rocky” Clark, a former Eisenhower High School football player, was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a game in 2000, He died in 2012 at age 27. | File Photo
Rasul “Rocky” Clark, a former Eisenhower High School football player, was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a game in 2000. He died in 2012 at age 27. | File Photo

According to the Chicago Sun-Times: The bill that former Eisenhower High School football player Rasul “Rocky” Clark fought for from his wheelchair was signed into law Sunday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Known as “Rocky’s Law,” it requires all high school districts in Illinois to purchase catastrophic injury insurance up to $3 million for each of its student-athletes by Jan. 1, 2014. Families are eligible for the money up to five years after paying the first $50,000 in medical expenses. According to the law, insurance cannot cost more than $5 per student and it is up to the school districts to pay for the insurance.  Read more... 

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