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Dream come true in Coventry

April 21, 2014

Coventry's Campbell family (l-r) Head Coach Tom, freshman Cole and senior Tom, Jr. are all smiles after the Oakers' senior night on Feb. 21. Tom Ragg.

COVENTRY— Because of an act of kindness in February, the boys basketball teams at Coventry High School and Cranston High School West received $1,000 each from the Metta Students Foundation at a ceremony Thursday morning.

The organization was established in 2012 by Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence. Every month, they award $1,000 to a student who shares love and kindness in the community.

Chuck Jones, Athletic Director at the high school, said the money was awarded to both teams because of the events of the Oakers’ boys basketball senior night on Feb. 21.

“If we have a senior athlete and they have a younger sibling on either the freshman or JV team, I’ve encouraged the coaches, if possible, to get them on the court or field at the same time for that one moment they might not experience again,” he said.

Tom Campbell, a senior on the varsity basketball team, was able to play alongside his younger brother Cole, who is a freshman.

Cole suffers from tubular sclerosis, a rare brain disease, and requires special needs at the high school.

As the team manager, Cole would cheer on his brother’s team, which is coached by their father, but on the senior night he was given the chance to play.

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