In March, The Detroit Rotary Club selected Balaal Hollings, a Northwestern High School senior as a recipient of its “Youth Citizen of the Month” award – a $1,000 scholarship – because he provided more than 500 hours of community service, served as the ROTC Sergeant Major, played six sports – was captain of three, and was also the president of the senior class.
But when the Rotary Club called to notify him the decision, the Club learned that he had been shot in the head and was in the ICU at Sinai-Grace Hospital.
The Rotary Club stayed in weekly contact with the family to monitor Hollings’ progress for the nearly two months he was hospitalized. Fortunately, he is now out of the hospital, despite the fact that he is still facing more surgeries.
Hollings has recovered to the point he will now be able to accept his “Youth Citizen of the Month Award” at the Detroit Rotary Club’s June meeting.
Additionally, the Rotary club unanimously voted to award the “Youth Citizen of the Year” Award to Hollings – a $3,000 scholarship in addition to the $1,000 award he will receive.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12 at noon.
Detroit Athletic Club