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Tommy Lund: A Manager And A Dream

February 25, 2014|Alexa Gagosz, High School Senior, Colchester

When one thinks of special needs, a person does not think of ability or strive, nor do they think of independence. Well, on Friday night Feb. 21, everyone who didn’t think those qualities will as of now.

Tommy Lund, a senior at Bacon Academy has yet again proven that special needs does not mean that you are incapable. As a person with cerebral palsy, which affects mobility and speech, he was able to participate in a freshmen basketball game; where he scored twelve points for the team.

Lund has been the manager for the freshmen team since the start of the season and was promoted to assistant coach by Head Coach, Jesse Peterkin, when he realized the knowledge Lund had of the game.

“Tommy possesses such a strong work ethic, and when I asked if he was interested in becoming a manager, his eyes lit right up,” said Peterkin, “I promoted him to assistant coach, that’s how impressed I was. He gives me advice on drills to run and skills to work on.”

The players have been referring to him as Coach, and not only have they have created a strong bond with him throughout the season but also think of him as a member of the team.

“They listen to him, they know that he is knowledgeable about the game,” said Peterkin after he was asked about the players interactions with him.

Half way through the season, Lund had approached Coach Peterkin and asked how he would feel about getting him into a game and Peterkin thought that it would be a great experience.

In the weeks leading up to the game on Friday night, they were going through plays at practices and drills in order to work on Tommy’s form and shot. Fortunately, the hard work paid off when he was 2-2 on three point shots and also tallied up six other points for Bacon.

Freshmen basketball player, Chase Hathaway said, “It was an awesome experience for him to be our manager as he also contributed to the coaching. He knows a lot of what he’s talking about and has helped us the entire season. He brings support and helpful tips, he helps every player and connects with all of us. It’s special for the entire team to have him.”

Fellow player, Peter Swain said, “He’s just a great motivator and helps bring up the mood for everyone.”

Peterkin said, “I think that in the future, Tommy can do just about anything he wants to. He’s very intelligent, very organized, I could see him being very successful.”

Lund was thrilled to be able to participate in the game and is looking forward to the rest of the season with the freshmen team.


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