Tales of overcoming adversity are always nice to hear and Vermont basketball signee Josh Speidel’s is no exception. Speidel suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident last February, and only was released from the hospital a little over a week ago.
Despite that, as RTV6 ABC in Indianapolis reported, Speidel was able to graduate with his fellow seniors from Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana.
Though he was initially onstage in a wheelchair, he managed to get up and shake his principal’s hand as he received his diploma.
Speidel will defer his enrollment at Vermont until 2016 as he continues to recover from his injuries, and his basketball career is surely in doubt, but that doesn’t take away from how uplifting this story is. For someone to be in the hospital for the last few months of school, probably struggling to do most of the remaining work, and STILL graduate is simply amazing.
Campus Sports wishes Speidel a speedy recovery so that he may soon continue his education and, hopefully, be able to get back on the court and compete again.
Vermont has gone 87-49 (51-13 America East) in four seasons under John Becker and went to the NCAA Tournament back in 2012 after winning the America East Conference title.