A Resilient Fighter

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – It was on a Wednesday, and I was on my way to work,” Peabody senior guard Melvion Flanagan said. “I use to work at Walmart, and I fell asleep behind the wheel.”

Peabody Senior Guard Melvion Flanagan dribbles a basketball, something he couldn't do a month ago. Source: KALB

Two months ago Melvion won the ACA Athlete of the Week.

“It means a lot, I’ve never been the Athlete of the Week before,” Flanagan said.

“If he doesn't get hurt and continues to improve during the course of 16 games, this team has an outstanding chance of winning a state championship in 4A,” Peabody Head Coach Charles Smith said.

Everything seemed perfect.

It all changed one night while he was on his way to work. He got into a car accident, damaging the car and himself.

“I was scared,” Flanagan said. “I didn't know what I would have to do after this, and I was hurt. I really thought that I was almost dead.”

He didn't die.

Instead, he had nerve damage in his arm and instead of quitting, he worked like he always has.

“I put in a lot of work, “Flanagan said. “I did a lot of shooting and dribbling just to get my hands back moving, especially my arms. At the time I believed that I would hoop again because something that I love to do and I’m not going to stop.”

In a month's time, Melvion came back to finish out the regular season and help his team finish district play. After all of this, he says that he loves basketball even more.

“I love it. I love this game. This is my life.”

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