by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Ice and Inspiration

Isaiah Granet, the founder of the San Diego Chill nonprofit, is passionate about hockey and wants others to experience the same exhilaration he feels when he’s out on the ice. “The mission of the San Diego Chill is to provide children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, such as autism and Down syndrome, the opportunity to learn to ice skate and play ice hockey as a part of a team,” explained Isaiah. For his work with the San Diego Chill, Isaiah was named a CNN Heroes Young Wonder. “It was an amazing honor to be recognized for founding the San Diego Chill. The most memorable part was when Anderson Cooper thanked me and the Chill for the work that we do,” Isaiah shared proudly. Although he admits that there were many challenges along the way, when he gets out on the ice every Saturday with the San Diego Chill and sees the players smile, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.


The San Diego Chill is run entirely on donations not only of money, but also of time. According to Isaiah, the program is a one-on-one system that provides individualized attention for each player. “This means that on average, we need 15 to 30 coaches each week,” stated Isaiah, who has the utmost admiration for his fellow coaches, as well as the players that come out to the rink. “I am constantly inspired by the players of the Chill who persevere through so many challenges to live an ordinary life,” related Isaiah. He encourages all those who are interested to visit to find out how to help make a difference in the lives of some very special children.

“For his work with the San Diego Chill, Isaiah was named a CNN Heroes Young Wonder.”

Off the ice, Isaiah attends Pacific Ridge School where his favorite subject is history. He also enjoys studying the stock market and economic principles. “I love talking about the field of business with my parents and older brother. I want to go into sports business and would love to run other charities when I get older,” said Isaiah, who also hopes to play NCAA ice hockey. An avid fan of all Boston sports teams, Isaiah especially loves watching the Boston Bruins take the ice. He is also the proud owner of two chocolate labradoodles and can often be found running and playing with them at Sycamore Ridge School on the weekends.

Meet Isaiah

Name: Isaiah Granet (16)
School: Pacific Ridge School
Grade: 10
Parents: Lisa and David Granet
Siblings: Elijah (21) and Ezra (9)
Favorite Spots in 92130: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Sycamore Ridge School (I bring my dogs to run around there every weekend)

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