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Goals for Graham: What Graham Means to SPS Lacrosse

Graham Thomas Jordan graduated with honors from St. Paul’s High School in 2014. A five-year member of the St. Paul’s lacrosse team, Graham served as co-captain of the team his senior year, and was a mentor to the younger players. In recognition for his dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, Graham received the Wolf Pride Award his senior year. Graham was especially known for his kind and loving spirit, infectious smile, and warm demeanor.

After graduating from St. Paul’s, Graham attended Louisiana State University. On January 29th, 2017, Graham tragically passed away at the age of 21. He is the son of Mary Ellen Burggraf Jordan and John Garrison Jordan and brother to McKay and Genna Jordan.

The passing of Graham Jordan had a tremendous impact on the St. Paul’s School community, and his selfless words and actions left many people he knew with warm, beautiful memories.

Graham left a mark on the lacrosse team that will never be forgotten. The St. Paul’s varsity lacrosse team devoted their season to their brother immediately after learning of his death in January 2017. Graham’s spirit brought together a team of young men to make history for their team and school by winning the school’s first ever lacrosse state championship in April 2017. His kind heart and pure soul motivated the team to strive for perfection in everything they did, and Graham Jordan will always be a person who makes St. Paul’s lacrosse special. Being a part of the unity that the lacrosse team had with their fellow brother was special even to those who didn’t have the good fortune to know Graham, and all of the players on the 2017 St. Paul’s lacrosse team realized how important it was to have Graham as the center of the lacrosse program. Because of this, class of 2019 defensemen Michael Philippe and Hyde Healy have started a pledge-based donation program called “Goals for Graham” to memorialize Graham and to fund an annual scholarship for a St. Paul’s rising senior.

“Goals for Graham” will be implemented during the 2018 St. Paul’s lacrosse season. This charity will have donors pledge a specific amount of money per goal scored by the lacrosse team. Additionally, donors can make a one-time donation of any amount of money. The team averaged around 200 goals per season over the past three seasons, but the total this year could be above or below that number. At the end of the season, the money will be placed in the Graham Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund. This annual scholarship is given to a St. Paul’s rising senior who best embodies those qualities exemplified by Graham: academic ability, leadership, a kind and loving spirit, mentorship of underclassmen, respect for St. Paul’s brotherhood, and love of God, family, and friends.

This program means so much not only to the St. Paul’s lacrosse family, but it also means so much to the St. Paul’s School community as a whole. The legacy of Graham Jordan is something more than just a memory. His words and actions are still very present in the lives of all that knew him, and his positive personality and Christian way of living still acts as a shining light to everyone with whom he came into contact. Rest in Peace, Graham Thomas Jordan. You will never be forgotten.

Schedule

DateNamegoalsEarned
2/3St. Paul's vs Airline10$449
2/4Dutchtown vs St. Paul's20$898
2/17SPS vs Lower Alabama18$808
2/24Pascagoula vs SPS24$1,078
3/3STM vs SPS10$449
3/10SPS vs Mandeville11$494
3/10SPS vs Catholic High9$404
3/17SPS vs Brother Martin6$269
3/22Northshore vs SPS15$674
3/24Ocean Springs vs SPS15$674
3/29SPS vs Jesuit10$449
4/14LHSLL First Round Playoff11$494
4/21LHSLL Quarter Final Playoffs13$584
4/28LHSLL Semi-Final Playoffs11$494
4/29LHSLL State Championship Game10$449

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