Wheelchairs for the 4th Quarter
Submitted on January 31, 2013 - 1:40pm
One of our first SportsLeader schools from Georgia helped make a dream come true last week. The 8th grade boys basketball team from Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, GA near Atlanta was honored to be asked to serve in a special way.
Joseph Brunelle, manager of the Vickery Creek Middle School Vipers 8th grade basketball team, was born with Spina Bifida. One of his dreams was to be able to play in a regular basketball game with his teammates. This always seemed "impossible" being that Joseph gets around in a wheelchair.
They played the 4th quarter of their basketball game in wheelchairs so Joseph could take part.
Head Coach Daniel Stockdale shared the following, "Helping a young man fulfill a dream, to play for his middle school basketball team, was an opportunity we thank God for. Our players took part in an experience that made our families and community proud.
For one night, players from Vickery Creek and Pinecrest Academy graciously gave of themselves to serve Joseph. Family, friends, and teachers from both schools packed the gymnasium to cheer on Joseph.
No matter how bad their arms hurt or how silly they looked in practice falling backwards in the wheelchairs, the players from Vickery Creek and Pinecrest continued to give of themselves to make the dreams of one a reality. I am thankful for the players at both schools for keeping this a secret, so that Joseph could truly enjoy his night!"
Click on link below for the segment that ran on Atlanta 11 alive news. Pinecrest and Vickery Creek Middle School devoted their 8th grade boys basketball 4th quarter to one of Vickery’s classmates/team manager and played wheelchair basketball. The crowd really was into it and cheering Joseph on-he was super excited. He got to shoot several goals. It was such a cool night for an amazing boy.