Brian Bravo sounds a bit like a superhero’s name. But in reality, Brain Bravo is a real person—a high school senior that, although many may consider him disadvantaged—was feeling like a superhero at his high school’s senior night.
You see, in 2005, Brian’s family was involved in a tragic accident that killed his mother and sister. It also left him in a wheelchair. The basketball team at Brian’s high school, a North Texas school called The Colony, took notice of the hardships Brian’s family must endure every day. They especially noticed how it took Brian’s father Jose more than two minutes just to get Brian out of their car and into his wheelchair. The basketball team took Brian in as part of their team—as part of their “family”—and even started referring to him as Coach Brian.
They began selling wrist bands and tee shirts in order to raise money for the Bravo family so they could afford a wheelchair accessible vehicle. They also organized a fund raiser which tied the community into Brian’s story. As if all of this wasn’t enough, the basketball team gave Brian the royal treatment on Senior Night during the final home game. Brian’s name was called out along with the rest of the players. Additionally, he sat at half court during practice and was involved in the opening tip-off. Following the tip-off, teammates escorted him down the court with the basketball in his lap, involving him in the first two points of the game.
Sadly, the Bravo family’s situation is far too common; many families living with a disabled loved one can’t afford even the most basic of wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment. But in Brian’s case, the love and admiration of his high school and community may just help his family much more than they could have ever expected