Georgetown Prep resident student Dillon Moneypenny ’25 from Darien, CT, and his ice hockey peer from rival Landon School, Reid Pehrkon, are leading the way for teens to try a different kind of shoulder check. After their mutual friend and hockey player Hayden Cole Thorsen, 16, of Darien, CT, died by suicide, the two have lead their respective hockey teams to come together in the name of mental health. On February 2, 2024, Dillon and Reid honored Hayden and his style of a shoulder check by bringing the teams together in a circle before the big game. The night before the game the two schools held a meeting where they spoke to fellow students about the value of checking on each other.
Dillon explains, "The idea of doing a Landon/Prep Shoulder Check hockey game came to mind as Reid and I wanted to honor our friend Hayden. We want to spread Hayden’s legacy of connection, kindness, and compassion to the Georgetown Prep and Landon school and sports communities. The rivalry between Prep and Landon has always been a passionate one, but we wanted to take this moment to remind everyone that kindness is a contact sport.”
Shoulder Check is an #HT40 initiative inspiring young men and women to commit to supporting one another through small acts that have a big impact. To show them that ‘being there’ is as simple as a hand on a shoulder.