BU student showcase with Eli Delany of "Fishin' with a Mission"
My State teammates and I won the BASS Eastern Divisional tournament that just finished Friday Sept 14. We came from behind the last day to pull it out and won by only about 2 pounds!
I finished 21st overall and 3d on my team but had my biggest bag the last day of the event.
Most importantly B. A. S. S. supported and had me come up for the final weigh-in of my fish the final day with my Autistic son Luke and then they let me talk from the stage about Autism Awareness. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to have Luke who is 12 now come up on stage with me and my final days catch and share in this moment together. Bassmaster broadcast the whole scene live and tournament director Jon Stewart interviewed me about my last days catch and then gave me a few minutes to talk about Autism Awareness. This truly was a priceless moment in time, the next time our State gets to host will be 7 years from now, Luke will be 19 and we probably will not host the event here in the Boston area again and of course I'd have to qualify that year to be on the team.
I'm a little at a loss for words right now as a Dad and a parent I think the pictures will tell a better story about how I feel emotionally but I will say a huge thank you to B. A. S. S. and Tournament Director Jon Stewart for giving me a priceless moment to remember.
I also want to thank my sponsors, Mercury Marine, IRod, Gamma Lines, and Abu Garcia your products made all the difference!
Lastly I want to thank my son Luke, his daily efforts to over come his Autism is an inspiration and a motivation to my efforts on the water and in life. The best part of this event for me wasn't "winning" a National level event as a team but having my "Little Buddy" up on stage with me that last day to weigh in my fish with me. He's 12 years old and quickly my "Little Buddy" is becoming my "Little Man" I'm thankful we had that moment in time with him still "My Little Buddy"