DEDHAM - Friday night at 10:30, Tom Leyden and Butch Stearns present Boston 25 Sports In Depth: Episode 5.
Friday's episode includes three separate features:
Butch visits with figure skater Max Naumov. Max's coaches, his parents Evgenia and Vadim, competed with the Soviet Union in the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Games. They moved to the United States in the late nineties and have stayed here ever since, raising Max to be a world-class athlete. Max tells us about his insane schedule and what he's learned from his parents about competing at an elite level internationally.
Tom has the story of a boy, his dog and his favorite baseball team. 11-year-old Liam McGourty from Norwood is battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair. He's been a part of the Northeastern baseball program since 2012, when he was connected to the Huskies through the "Team Impact" program. A puppy was born seven months ago and was assigned to be Liam's service dog. Nolan Lang, the third baseman on the Northeastern baseball team, adopted the dog and housed him while he trains to work with Liam and his family. That's only part of the heartwarming story.
Butch also spent time at the Marie Philip School at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. He learned how the school uses athletics to take advantage of what some may feel is a liability.
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