The Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) held its annual Sportsmanship Banquet at the Edison Pines Manor on May 13. The GMC Sportsmanship Banquet celebrates student-athletes from all 36-member schools that have demonstrated a superior ability to rise above their competitive circumstances and demonstrate love of the game, concern for teammates and opponents, and respect for officials and coaches.
Eric LeGrande was one of two guest speakers and provided a tremendous testimony of what it means to rise above one’s circumstances. Eric is a former standout football player for Colonia High School of the GMC and suffered a paralyzing injury while starring for Rutgers University. From his wheel chair, Eric spoke to the crowd of over 300 people. He demonstrated movements that doctors predicted he would likely never have, used humor to keep the crowd engaged, and described how he rises above his circumstances each day. Eric explained how his new goal since being injured is to walk across the football field of HighPoint Solution Stadium, the same field where he suffered his injury. The crowd demonstrated their support and belief in Eric with a roaring applause.
The student-athletes in attendance at the GMC Sportsmanship Banquet have demonstrated a unique ability to rise above their circumstances. Eric LeGrande provided a lasting impression of how important that can be after their playing days are over.