Joe Pellegrino happy to see the 'Jacks

By Nick James - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES- (KTRE) A day to remember for one young man that lives near Lake Nacogdoches he received a pleasant surprise.  Joe Pellegrino, 17, was shocked when three SFA men's basketball players walked up to his porch and presented him with a basketball.  You see Pellegrino is confined to a wheelchair; he suffers from a degenerative muscular disease.

Pellegrino's, mother Mary Smith seemed to be even more happy and excited than Joe was.

"Very excited to open doors for my joe to make things happen to make him feel like he's doing something in the community and his life that's what we all want for our children," Smith said.

SFA men's basketball coach Danny Kaspar was told about Joe's condition by Coach Olson the track coach at SFA and wanted to do something since Pellegrino is the Lumberjacks biggest fan.

"I not only wanted to brighten up Joe's day but I was hoping to show my players that life is really pretty good," Kaspar said.

"My mom always told me don't ever forget where you came from and don't think your too great for people because you play division one basketball it feels great and Joe is a cool guy," SFA Guard Eddie Williams said.

Pellegrino hopes to attend a game at Johnson Coliseum next season he was not able to make it out to a game this year.

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