On March 31st the boys’ varsity Lacrosse team celebrated a 14-2 victory over Belleville Township High but, an even bigger victory took place on the game’s sidelines for Victor Annan.
Annan, 11, is a fifth grader at Hinchcliffe Elementary with Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal. A huge sports fan, Annan was made an honorary captain for the Panther team during the game. Before the game started Annan enjoyed the team’s pre-game speech in the locker room and Panther captains escorted Annan onto the field where he assisted in the opening coin toss. During the game, Annan enjoyed the best seat in the house next to the Panther bench.
The next day at school, Annan brought the coin from the opening toss and the game ball with him to school. Hinchcliffe Principal, Kristie Belobrajdic, was in attendance for the special game.
“He was so excited,” said Belobrajdic. “He brought the coin and the ball with him and had them on his desk the next day. For him to be able to save those and bring them with him when he is non-verbal is pretty amazing.”
Varsity assistant coach Nick Ricucci is an aid in Victor’s classroom and first brought the idea to Belobrajdic. Annan’s teacher, Heidi Mueller, as well as six or seven other staff members were there for the game.
“Victor had his own fan-club there,” Belobrajdic said. “It was a really neat night for him and he was excited all night. We really hope to do it again.”