It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a community like Highland Park to send an ice skater to the Olympics. So on Friday, February 7, the city of Highland Park is rolling out the red carpet for one of its own. Mayor Nancy Rotering has declared February 7 as Jason Brown Day. Students at Highland Park High School and residents will wear red, white and blue as well as tie “Good Luck, Jason” ribbons on trees and doorways.
Jason graduated early from Highland Park High School and went on to train for the Olympic team in Colorado. He earned one of two men's figure skating spots on the U.S. Olympic team with a silver-medal finish at the U.S. Men's Figure Skating Championships in Boston.
Highland Park residents who want to watch Jason in Socchi can join the community at the Centennial Ice Rink from 9 a.m.- noon on Feb. 14, the day Brown is scheduled to go for gold. Well-wishers can tweet their best wishes to Jason at @JasonBSkates. Highland Park also plans to post a new sign at the entrance to its Centennial Ice Rink that says "Home of Jason Brown." Brown started skating at the rink when he was a pre-schooler.
At Highland Park High School, a Team USA Day Feb. 7, will take place, encouraging students to wear red, white and blue. "Good Luck Jason Brown!" stickers will be available with the electronic marquee sign outside the school flashing a "Good Luck" message. Olympic-themed music will be played between class periods and there will be viewing sites throughout the school in which students can watch the performance that earned Brown a spot on the Olympic team. Go Jason!