Stonington's Vandal living his dream (video)

Dave Vandal never thought he would play basketball again after enduring six shoulder surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation, never mind fulfilling his dream of being a walk-on on the UConn basketball team.

Today’s snow storm finally gave me time to write a story about Vandal, a 2008 Stonington High School graduate.

For a sneak preview, watch the attached video of a recent interview with Vandal at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

To say the least, he’s thrilled to be a walk-on.

“It’s everyConnecticut’s kids dream to play on the team,” Vandal said. “I remember sitting in the stands with my Dad just watering at the mouth thinking I might be able to get an opportunity at doing this.”

Vandal broke down and cried when informed that he had earned a spot as a walk-on.

He’s a great story and a great kid.

 

 

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