It’s never too late to go back to school. Apparently it’s never too late to start playing college athletics either. Dan Stoddard might not be very high on the NBA Draft boards, but he’s changing his body and his life as the newest member of the Algonquin College men’s basketball team in Ottawa, Ontario.
Standing an imposing 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 380 pounds, it’s no wonder he caught the eye of coach Trevor Costello during an alumni tournament.
Costello approached “Old Man Dan,” and told him if he could get himself enrolled in school, and into better shape, he could play on the team.
Stoddard checked all the necessary boxes; he enrolled in classes online and dropped 50 pounds.
— Barry Hayes (@hoopstarscanada) October 6, 2017
Speaking with the Ottawa Citizen, the suddenly active student-athlete and father of two teenagers is loving every second of his new life.
“We played an exhibition game against last year’s national champs,” Stoddard told Egan on Wednesday. “I scored a basket, they called out my name (on a loud speaker) and I could have cried on the floor.”
The greatest gain is undoubtedly the healthier lifestyle that Stoddard lives. He’s managed to juggle his full-time job, basketball practice, and being a father.
If he manages to make a few memories that will last a lifetime in the process, more power to him.
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