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Stonington's Vandal living his dream (video)

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published February 08. 2013 5:00PM   Updated February 08. 2013 8:38PM

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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