New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele recently honored Calvin Lawson, a William Floyd High School student with special needs who has inspired his junior varsity basketball teammates through his hard work and dedication both on and off the basketball court. The ceremony, which included the presentation of a New York State Assembly proclamation, was attended by Mr. Thiele, Calvin’s parents, teammates, coaches and William Floyd educators.
“I was privileged to present Calvin Lawson with a proclamation for his outstanding achievements with the William Floyd High School Colonials junior varsity basketball team,” said Assemblyman Thiele. “Calvin’s heart, character and determination are an inspiration to his teammates and fellow students alike. I am honored to represent this fine young man in the First Assembly District.”
“Calvin’s determination is what being ‘Floyd Strong’ is all about,” said Dr. Paul Casciano, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “We are grateful that Assemblyman Thiele recognized Calvin’s accomplishments.”
Lawson, a sophomore, worked his way up from practicing with the team, to sitting on the bench and then getting his first playing time in a game last December. During that early-season game, his coaches, Tom Sicari and Darrell Sumpter, decided it was time for Calvin to get some game action in a contest against Bishop McGann-Mercy High School. The only problem was that Calvin had left his game shorts at home. Teammate and captain Michael Bradley, volunteered to lend Calvin his shorts so he could play. On the team’s final possession, teammate Darrell Sumpter Jr. threw Calvin a perfect lob pass in the paint setting him up for his first attempt, which was successful.
Calvin finished the season with four points – two versus Bishop McGann-Mercy and two (free throws) against Sachem East. He also had an assist in a game against Longwood. Calvin’s story also made headlines in February when CBS 2 News aired the story (below).