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Local Newspapers, Coach Bob Surace Provide Chuck Dibilio Updates

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/25/2012
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Chuck Dibilio was the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
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Less than one week following a stroke, reports on the current condition of Princeton freshman Chuck Dibilio have been upbeat.

Tom Hinkel of The Express-Times had this report Monday, which included the following quote from the father of the 2011 Ivy League Football Rookie of the Year:

"He's making huge strides," said Chuck's father, also named Chuck Dibilio. "Physically, he's back to normal. His speech is back to normal. He has a clear recollection of what happened. The only problem he has is with speech recognition, and that will come with time."

Keith Groller of The Morning Call has devoted space in his own column to Dibilio's recovery, including this posting on Tuesday. He spoke with Bonnie Coyle Ronco, Chuck's mother and a doctor. Included are the following two quotes (the latter is on the well-wishes and support Chuck has received):

"He understands what has happened. I've been very honest with him," she said. "He's typical Chuckie. He's smiling and says everything is going to be fine and he's going to get through this. He's not going to let anything keep him down. It's what has gotten me through the last few days."

"To see this support and how the whole community has just wrapped their arms around him ... it has been beautiful. It has carried me through some of the harder days and it means so much to Chuck."

Princeton head coach Bob Surace offered his thoughts Wednesday morning as well.

"I continue to be encouraged by the progress Chuck Dibilio is making on a daily basis," Surace said. "It is no surprise to anyone that knows Chuck that he is facing every challenge presented to him by the medical staff with the same enthusiasm, competitiveness and effort that we saw on the football field. I appreciate the outpouring of support that the Princeton football family has given Chuck to help him towards a full recovery."

The Princeton football program has created a Facebook page entitled 'Get Well Wishes For Chuck Dibilio' where people can go for both "updated information on his recovery, and also allow for the continued support of his Tiger family."

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