March 1, 2011
Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his monthly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge ... The monthly report includes upcoming key games, and a report on what other activities are happening in the CSUN Athletic Department ... This month, meet Kevin Laue ... He doesn't play basketball at Cal State Northridge, but his story has the same theme as CSUN's Michael Lizarraga.
Kevin's Kourage ...
Like Michael Lizarraga, Kevin Laue has a story that will make our everyday problems seem a bit trivial ... Due to a restriction of prenatal blood circulation, Laue was born with a left arm that ended at the elbow ... Laue's parents encouraged him to play soccer as a child, but Laue wanted to play basketball and by the time he reached high school in northern California, Laue could handle a ball with one hand and could dunk a basketball ... Laue's basketball success on his high school team earned him recruiting letters from several NCAA Division III schools, but Laue wanted to play for a Division I team ... Laue's dream came true in 2009 when he was awarded a scholarship from Manhattan College, an NCAA Division I school in New York City ... Laue, who is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound sophomore center, can handle the ball in his large right hand and uses the stub of his left arm to help hold the ball after catching a pass ... Laue, who refuses to use a prosthetic arm, has played in 40 games in two seasons at Manattan College which included a career-high eight rebounds and two blocks last year against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt ... If his physical disability wasn't difficult enough, Laue has had some tough times growing up ... His parents divorced when he was child, and his father died of a cancerous brain tumor when Kevin was ten ... Despite some hefty life road blocks, Laue maintains a positive, full-speed attitude.
"I would never feel sorry for myself. I can't even say I'd rather have two hands. If I had two, I might not have the same character. I might not even be playing basketball. I'm an American citizen, with food on my table every day. There are people around the world who would give their left arm for all that. I had a mother who really believed in me. And I'll always be grateful.'' - Kevin Laue, Manhattan College
Fan Fest ...
Matador fans come in all sizes and ages ... Take for example the recent Varsity/Alumni baseball game that drew a sizable crowd at Matador Diamond ... Sitting in the bleachers was a young woman with her old-month baby ... Nearby in a wheelchair was 91-year-old Harley Pound, an avid Cal State Northridge fan ... Pound attended the game to watch his grandson (Kameron Loe) pitch for the alumni ... Lowe, who played on the 2002 CSUN Big West championship baseball team, now pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers ... Harley Pound played football at Michigan State and later played one season for the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1943 before being drafted during World War II ... In recent years, Pound was often seen at Matador men's volleyball matches ... Every time former CSUN All-American player (Cody Loe, Kameron's brother) recorded a spike, Pound would yell from the stands, "Hubba, Hubba, Cody" ... Despite the warm, sunny day, Lowe was sitting in his wheelchair next to the Matador varsity dugout rooting for both the CSUN varsity and alumni teams.
What's In A Name ...
Every now and then, you often run across an unusual name that attracts your interest ... Matador freshman water polo LINDSY Nelson (who has scored 21 goals this year) has an unusual spelling of her first name ... Normally Lindsy is spelled Lindsey or Lindsay ... Not so for this talented CSUN student-athlete, who has scored 21 goals for the nationally-ranked water polo team this year.
"Before I was born my parents didn't know if I was going to be a boy or girl so when I was born they opened the phone book and chose a name on that page. The name Lindsay was there and as was Lindsey. My mom thought it would be a good idea to just not put an "A" or an "E in my name to make it easier when in fact it has made it more difficult. I've just become used to people missspelling it. It seriously gets spelled wrong every time someone tries to spell it." - Lindsy Nelson, CSUN student-athlete