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ATS: Former UF Hoops Star, Author Patric Young Stays Positive Through Medical Ordeals

via (Jacksonville Florida Times-Union), by Gene Frenette (photos by Gene)

(Submitted by the Ponte Vedra Boy’s lacrosse team, as they were directly involved)


Once 38 teenagers from the Ponte Vedra High lacrosse team assembled in the school’s media center Monday to listen to the man speaking from a wheelchair, there was no sign in their eyes or body language of wondering when this after-school session would be over. 

Sharks’ coach Chris Polanski’s kids were attentive, focused, practically hanging on the speaker’s every word. 

That’s because Patric Young has a voice, a smile and engaging presence that compels people to gravitate to him.

It’s a skill he had long before a horrific one-vehicle accident on June 29, 2022 — while delivering farm equipment for an irrigation company on a rural Nebraska road — left the former University of Florida and Providence High basketball star paralyzed, changing the trajectory of his life forever. 

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