PITTSFIELD — Christina Gardner will speak at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Maine Central Institute in Parks Gymnasium as part of the School’s Patterson Lecture Series. The free talk will correspond with this year’s school theme of character, according to a news release from MCI.

Gardner graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn in 2000. She went on to Long Island University in New York on field hockey and lacrosse scholarships. After graduating from LIU with a photography degree, Gardner joined the Army as a military police officer. She was hurt overseas in 2006, suffering a skull fracture, amputation of two fingers and a spinal cord injury, and medically retired in December 2007.

After more than three years of speech and physical therapy, she began to play sled hockey, according to the release. Gardner now plays as a forward for the USA Warriors, an all-military team out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as for the US Women’s National Team with hopes of participating in the next Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in South Korea.

For more information, call 487-5915.

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