A Nod to College Athletics, Lehman Style

As I sat watching the New York Giants prevail in the Super Bowl in front of thousands in the stadium and millions watching around the world, I noticed an outpouring of emotion from the players once the final seconds had ticked off the clock.  The smiles and shouts, though real and filled with enthusiasm, were also laced with great relief.  Sure, victory was sweet and the culmination of months of hard work.  But while the overwhelming majority truly love the game, at the end of the day, it is a job; they are paid to play.

Rewind about three hours and travel to the gymnasium at Mount Saint Michael's Academy where the Lehman College Lightning men's basketball team, in front of maybe 100 fans, was battling Hunter College in a crucial conference game.  The game was a nail biter, coming down to the final possessions.  Lehman squeaked out a 61-60 win on a last second layup by a senior, Dwight Nangle, who has a precious few games to play in his college career and who will be sitting in class during the week prepareing for the "real world" that inevitably awaits.  Seeing the team after that game, high-fiving and congratulating each other?  Now that was pure joy; strict love for the game.  That is what Lehman Athletics is, and can be about, on any given day.

Who wouldn't want to experience that?


Dwight Nangle





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