Two years ago Washington College Basketball Coach, Rob Nugent, was honored for his display of compassion and character on the court. Nugent made national sports headlines when he instructed his players to foul Gettysburg senior Cory Weissman, who was paralyzed in a training accident, to give him a chance to score his only points in a varsity game. Weissman made the second of two free throws and received a standing ovation. The incident was cited widely as an example of the kind of sportsmanship lost in the “win-at-all-costs” atmosphere of modern sports.
The inspirational tale has been made into a movie, “1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story” in which Nugent plays himself. The movie premiere was this past weekend and the DVD will be available for purchase from Amazon.com starting tomorrow, February 4th, 2014. For more information on the movie, check out www.1000to1movie.com.
Rob Nugent was the keynote speaker at the third Character Counts essay award ceremony. In a moving address to local students, who represented public and private schools from all parts of Kent County, Nugent engaged them in a lively question-and-answer session. His theme was “Me vs. We,” thinking unselfishly about the greater good as opposed to personal advantage.