Josh Sweeney, a 2005 graduate of Ironwood High School, is planning to visit his old stomping grounds at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 28.
What the former U.S. Marine and Paralympic Gold Medalist does not know is that his former high school at 6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue in Glendale is planning an assembly to induct Sweeney into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Sgt. Sweeney was injured by an improvised explosive device in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan.
He recently traveled to Sochi, Russia to play ice hockey on Team USA in the Paralympic Games.
It was there that Sweeney scored the game-winning goal, capturing the gold medal for Team USA in a 1-0 win over Russia.
Sweeney was asked to stop by and visit his former high school campus this week.
The school planned the surprise assembly so that Sweeney may be recognized not only for his service, but for his outstanding athletic abilities, making him a local Olympic hockey hero.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school.
With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.
For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.