A TIGER’S TALE:
star Chuck Dibilio
is competing again
after a stroke—albeit
not on the gridiron.
[ P E O P L E ] BY PAUL FRANKLIN
Down, But Not Out
FOUR YEARS HAVE PASSED since a stroke
ended Chuck Dibilio’s football career.
For the 23-year-old Princeton University
senior, the effects linger, but he has moved
on—to a new sport and a positive attitude.
“I’m not perfect,” says Dibilio, who
lives with the threat of another stroke.
“But I’ve gotten to the point where I know
I have no control over it, so why worry?”
Dibilio was in a study group in Janu-
ary 2012 when his arm went numb and
his speech began to slur. The cause of
the stroke was never determined. It took
Dibilio away from school for two semes-
ters while he underwent nearly nine
months of rehabilitation.
Dibilio starred as a running back at his
hometown high school in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. As a freshman at Princeton in
2011, he was honored as Ivy League rookie
of the year and seemed poised to become
Princeton’s all-time leading rusher and
possibly go on to a pro-football career.
CrossFit is Dibilio’s game now, with
activities like competitive weight lifting
and gymnastics. He also snowboards,
plays basketball, is learning to surf and
gets around campus on a skateboard.
Dibilio, who still sometimes fumbles to
find words, has let go of his football dreams.
But that hasn’t made it easier for his family.
“As time goes by, I’m not quite as
scared,” says his mother, Bonnie. “The
low point was when the doctor told him
he couldn’t play football again.... It broke
Dibilio, 5-feet- 11 and 208 pounds, says
he’s in the best shape of his life. He will
graduate in May with a degree in eco-
nomics and a minor in computer science.
At deadline, he had not determined what
he will do after graduation. ■
[GIVING BACK] BY HELEN CHIBNIK
Building a Bridge With Books
Many of us take childhood
literacy for granted. Not Abby
Daly, founder of Bridge of
Books Foundation, which has
put more than 600,000 books
in the hands of children.
For some Jersey kids,
books are an unaffordable
luxury. Other families have an
abundance of books in need of
new homes. Bridge of Books
connects these two worlds, dis-
tributing books to kids at risk.
The Rumson-based nonprofit
promotes book drives and accepts individual donations and
Daly, a former attorney
with the state of New Jersey,
wants all Jersey children to
have their own books. “
Without the ability to learn to
read,” said Daly at a recent
TED Talk, “children will have
a difficult time transitioning
to reading to learn.” ■
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