Remembering an Athlete

Some sad news about a Naperville Central athlete who died unexpectedly on June 6.

At 6 feet nine inches tall, Matt Skowronski was a standout volleyball and basketball player, known for his cheerful personality and happy-go-lucky attitude.

What many didn’t know was that Matt had been diagnosed with an enlarged aorta when he was in sixth grade, requiring him to take medications and have regular visits to the doctor.

On the day of his death, he had felt sick, but visited his cardiologist, undergoing numerous tests before he was sent home.

Later that night, as he and two friends were at his house watching a Blackhawks game, he got up to get a drink, and collapsed. Matt Skowronski was just 16 years old.

Matt’s parents Marc and Kelly, along with his sisters Stefene and Kaitlyn, plan to set up a memorial fund in his name, and a permanent memorial will be placed in the honor garden at Naperville Central.

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