Moore teacher to be honored at RedHawks game

Karen Marinelli will be the first “Home Run for Life” honoree during Friday’s RedHawks game
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 10, 2014

The Oklahoma City RedHawks and Integris Health will recognize Plaza Towers Elementary first-grade teacher Karen Marinelli as the first “Home Run for Life” participant of the 2014 season during the RedHawks home opener.

The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The “Home Run for Life” series recognizes people in the Oklahoma City area who have overcome a significant medical event with the help of their families, physicians and health care professionals.

Marinelli will be joined at the game by the three Plaza Towers students she protected during the May 20 tornado that hit the Moore school.

Marinelli suffered severe lower-body injuries when a wall collapsed on them. She spent two weeks as an inpatient at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation on the Integris Southwest Medical Center campus. After months spent in a wheelchair and in physical therapy, Marinelli is walking again and teaching in the Moore School District.