By: Brenda Gibson
February 4, 2013
Hunter Staggs is an 8th grade student at Portsmouth West Middle School. Hunter has an Orthopedic Impairments which forces him to wear full time braces on his legs and causes him to walk with a pretty severe limp.
Hunter absolutely loves sports, especially basketball. Hunter has been the team’s manager for 7th and 8th grade boys’ Jr. High basketball team for the past two seasons. Hunter would love to get out and play with his friends but due to his disability he can not. We have arranged for our last regular season home game that is scheduled on Thursday, February 7th, Hunter is going to take all of his teams foul shots for the 8th grade game. Meaning, whenever his team gets fouled and is to shoot foul shots, Hunter will check into the game and shoot the foul shots. He will be our “Honorary Foul Shooter” for that game. I would love for him to play live, but I’m afraid he might get hurt.
Hunter will get to dress in uniform, brand new team basketball shoes, and more importantly get to feel what it’s like to be one of the guys on the court. I have already cleared it with Hunter’s parents, Mr. Jordan, Principal, Mr. Kegley, Assistant Principal, referees, and the opposing teams coach.
Hunter goes to practice each day and works on foul shots, his team mates have been great about coming over and giving him pointers and encouraging him.
Hunter has been such an inspiration to our school. Hunter and his teammates are extremely excited about his big game.