‘It can’t be put into words’: Beloved BC basketball coach returns to court after losing his sight

A beloved BC high school basketball coach is inspiring his athletes and colleagues by continuing to lead his team after losing his sight.

Sheldon Guy, the trainer Langley The high school girls’ team, lost sight in his left eye three weeks ago because of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, or what he calls “basically, a stroke in your eyes”.

It came six years after another illness robbed his right eye of vision.

“I just didn’t understand, ‘Why me?’, he told Global News, in tears. “I don’t know how to turn… It’s the darkest place I’ve been in my whole life.”

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After being diagnosed, Guy struggled to deal with his new reality, scared and unwilling to burden family and friends. He has given up his role as a coach.

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However, this month, with the support of his family, the school’s athletic director, and tons of text messages from the girls on the team, he returned to court.

“We coaches love you, we don’t care how you come back to us, we just want you back,” Guy said, recalling all the messages of support.

“One of the girls said I was like a father to them. One of the girls said, “The only reason I’m in basketball is because of you.”

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Guy said he feels called back to basketball to inspire, to prove that challenges can be overcome and to always be there for his team.

From the sidelines during a game against GW Graham Grizzlies, a high school team from Chilliwack, he offered his familiar words of encouragement and coaching.

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“We’re just getting started,” he said, praising the team and his son, Jayden, for guiding him so thoughtfully in the courts and keeping him safe.

“Am I going through a lot of things? Yeah… but now we have a system. ”

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Grizzlies coach Sarah Mouritzen has known Guy for about 10 years and says she’s happy to see him back in the game.

“He can’t see in front of him, he can’t see where the chair is, but he’s here because those girls asked him to be here,” she told Global News. “It cannot be put into words. He’s doing it for them. Unbelievable “.

Guy can still see some darkness, but doctors have told him his vision will never be the same.

The Naturopaths, however, have said that there is a chance he will be able to regain one percent of his sight – a hope he intends to hold.

“I’ll see you again,” he said. “I’ll walk into your office and have this conversation and I’ll see you and I’ll see you again.”

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. ‘It can’t be put into words’: Beloved BC basketball coach returns to court after losing his sight


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