Bacon Academy basketball team manager shines on the court

By Alexa Gagosz - Bacon Academy student
Colchester - posted Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
Tommy Lund scored 12 points for Bacon Academy. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Tommy Lund, a senior at Bacon Academy, has yet again proven that having special needs does not mean that you are incapable of striving for excellence or being independent. As a person with cerebral palsy, which affects mobility and speech, Lund was able to participate in a freshmen basketball game on Friday, Feb. 21, when he scored 12 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 Peterkin 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 Lund as “Coach,” and not only have they have created a strong bond with him throughout the season, but they 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 about the players' interactions with Lund.

Halfway through the season, Lund had approached 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 last Friday, Lund was practicing plays and doing drills in order to work on his 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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