Beacon College’s Men’s and Women’s basketball teams embarked on a historic journey as they kicked off their inaugural season in the USCAA conference this past weekend, marking a significant milestone for the school’s athletics program.
The Blazers took to the court with courage and determination, but both squads faced formidable opponents and were unable to secure victories. The men’s team valiantly fought but ultimately succumbed to an 89-75 loss, while the Lady Blazers encountered a tough challenge, concluding the game with a score of 81-14.
Despite the results, the significance of this moment for Beacon College cannot be understated. Head coach Sam Vincent, a former NBA player, has played a pivotal role in establishing Beacon College on the USCAA map. The Blazers’ inclusion in this highly competitive league highlights their commitment to providing opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, a distinction that sets them apart.
Coach Vincent, reflecting on the teams’ first outings, stated, “This weekend was a valuable experience for our players and our program as a whole. While we didn’t secure the wins we had hoped for, we are in the early stages of building something special here at Beacon College.”
Logan Schayes, who led the men’s team with an impressive 38 points, showed exceptional skill on the court. Meanwhile, Kylee Davis took the helm for the Lady Blazers, contributing six points to the team’s effort.
The Blazers have their sights set on their upcoming game against New College in Bradenton, scheduled for Thursday. Coach Vincent is optimistic about their continued progress and growth as they navigate their inaugural season.
Notably, Beacon College’s commitment to neurodiversity holds a special place in Coach Vincent’s heart, as his own son, Jordique Vincent, also plays for the Blazers. Jordique, who has ADHD, faced challenges with traditional schooling. Coach Vincent shared, “Neurodiversity is something I’m truly passionate about. My son’s journey has shown me the importance of providing support and opportunities for students who learn differently.”
This season marks a unique chapter for Coach Vincent and his son, who are now part of the same team at Beacon College. Neither father nor son had ever been coached or played for one another before this season. The smaller class sizes and weekly one-on-one visits with a student learning specialist have become beacons of support for students like Jordique, ensuring they stay on track with their coursework and succeed both on and off the court.
With the opening of this promising chapter, Beacon College’s basketball teams are not only chasing athletic glory but also championing inclusivity, acceptance, and the potential within every student, a cause that continues to light the way for their remarkable journey.
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