Thibodeau inspires his teammates

Updated: April 21, 2009, 7:19 PM ET
By Matt Remsberg | ESPN RISE Magazine

Coach Ken Marks turned to the bench and uttered words he didn't want to say to someone who didn't want to hear them. "All right, Sam, go get him."

Sam Thompson stuck in his chair, then rose slowly and slumped to the scorer's table -- a 6-foot-3 beacon of bad news to an audience that was extremely proud of Patrick Thibodeau's mere presence on the court but had held out hope there might be some magic in the air on a snowy night in Maine.

A senior with Down syndrome, Patrick ...

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