If you ever get a chance to go to the National Championship for wheel chair basketball. GO!!! I mean it. !!!!! If it affects you like it did me, it will inspire you for a lifetime to reach out to these kids that try So hard over great odds. Oh, I know, I Know, this is a Football site but as most of you don’t know, I coached basketball at various levels for 15 years. But, this article is not about me but it is about one of my Grandsons, Lonnie McCaw, who plays for the Prep Division, Lakeshore Sharks from Birmingham, Alabama. This is Lonnie’s third year of competing and he is now becoming a real contributor to this team who ended up in the final four in the country.
We watched as the Sharks played their Elite Eight game and won Big by 10 points and then competed in the first Final Four game against the number one seed from Minnesota. The Sharks were down by eight points twice in this game, once in the first half and then again in the second half and came back both times to tie the score. In the fourth quarter it went down to the final shot and they ended up getting beat by 3 points in an incredibly exciting ball game. A #2 seeded team from North Carolina ended up winning the Nation Championship, but earlier in the year Lonnie’s Team, played them to a 2 point loss and their only loss until the final 2 games in the Championship playoffs.
So proud of this young man who has had more adversity then most people have in a life time, so he is the poster child for my statement to all of my football players that says “ADVERSITY BREEDS GREATNESS”. He is infectious to be around with his Big smile and never say quit attitude and will talk to anyone anywhere any time. Go Lonnie McCaw and Lakeshore Sharks, let’s go win the title next year……… Coach Sink, Lonnie, and my beautiful wife Bonnie pictured below.