Created: February 26, 2021 11:05 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Lake City boys basketball team gave senior Blake Frederick a contract to bring him up to play varsity Thursday, giving him the chance to take the court with his teammates, who he has shared so much with.
Frederick is a special needs student at Lincoln High School in Lake City, and is an avid sports fan. The Tigers coaches wanted to do something creative for him to bring him up to play varsity for senior night. They decided to give Frederick a contract to sign just like a professional athlete.
"We made a big deal out of it because Blake has such an impact on all of us," Lake City Head Coach Greg Berge said.
Frederick is beloved by his classmates and teammates, and has been a part of a Tigers team that has seen its fair share of success the last few years. What Frederick brings to the table going beyond wins and losses in Berge's eyes.
"We're also trying to really high-character kids and people. A kid like Blake maybe doesn't have the same skill-set as some other kids but he brings a lot to a team and we all have a role and we all have a way of fitting in a team."
Berge says he is going to miss Frederick and the energy he brings to practices and games. After working hard in the Tigers program the last few years, Berge is graterful for the lasting effect Frederick has had on the program and the players.
"You have kids like that and they just make the world a better place, they make our school a better place, and they make other kids better people because they see that energy each and every day," Berge said.
Before Thursday's game Blake predicted a win, and he got it. The Tigers defeated Lourdes 68-58.
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