Updated: April 15, 2013 11:10AM
The Boone Grove boys basketball team members are winners in more ways than one.
Their prowess on the basketball court certainly showed their work ethic, and helped them capture the sectional crown.
Among the cheering fans, one young student was very special to the team, even including having some of them mention how much they have learned from him — not about basketball, but about life in living with and handling adversity every day.
One young man noted, “Jake has made me a better person, and that made me a better player.”
So what did these kids do that showed how much their team manager means to them? This special education student, whose legs don’t quite work as well as they should, and who happens to also play Special Olympics basketball (among other sports), at the team’s request to their coach, climbed the ladder of success, and was the first to cut down the net.
I don’t think his parents were the only ones who had a few tears running down their cheeks. His legs may not carry him solidly, but his heart ran around an entire school.
Boone Grove Wolves, thanks for making a special young man feel special. You are my pet persons of the week, and will always be winners in my book.
I admit I’m a basketball junkie, and think college basketball games this year have been superb.
I am especially a loud fan of Valparaiso and Indiana universities, and I honestly don’t know if I can survive through the NCAA tourney with both their men’s teams giving my heart lots of extra beats, and my tummy extra butterflies.
Tuesday night’s game at VU was so nerve-wracking, I almost went back to biting my fingernails. What a thrill to have our own college team going to the NCAA tourney!
It is a dream come true for the players and coaches, and a season fans will long remember. My basketball world would be perfect if VU and IU met for the national championship.
Hey, stranger things have happened. Thanks for an awesome, most entertaining season, Coach Drew and team, and good luck and miracles as you move on to the Big Dance.
With March being disability awareness month, it is especially great that Porter-Starke Services is hosting its Learn @ Lunch series on the Social Security disability program and Medicaid.
The presentation is open to everyone, but reservations are required. There is no charge, and bring your own lunch to this 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. informative offering March 19. It will be held at the United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Centre Drive.
Attorney Randall Zromkoski will discuss the Social Security disability program, how it works, and what is necessary for an individual to prove disability in order to receive benefits.
Most importantly, he will focus on the obstacles people who are enduring mental illness face, and hopefully make the process less confusing and frustrating for those in need.
Doreen Witte, of GMW Consultants, will discuss the Medicaid program, emphasizing the information needed, the timing of the application, and the issues involved before applying for assistance.
If you are like me, you have little knowledge of these programs, and it is a real gift to be given the opportunity to learn about them before we might ever be in need of them. Perhaps having questions answered before we know we need the answers will save some of us the fear and frustration later.
If you are around the VU athletics and recreation center this Saturday, stop in and see some good basketball games as VU hosts the Special Olympics sectional. It could be just as exciting as VU’s game Tuesday.
Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.