This is the inaugural year of the Jersey Mike’s Naismith National High School Basketball Courage award. The winners received a trophy for their accomplishments and the school’s teams won a $500 check that Bay High School basketball coach Jared Shetzer says will go toward a team banquet celebrating the year.

When Michael Beauchesne was a baby, his parents Shaun and Jen, knew something was wrong. At 3 months old, he was missing important milestones like lying on his stomach to crawl and eating properly. He was later diagnosed with Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that affects many parts of the body and can delay development.

Despite this obstacle, Michael, now a 16-year-old sophomore at Bay High School, wanted to play basketball for his school. In April he was nationally recognized with the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Naismith National High School Basketball Courage Award. The award honors basketball players who have displayed courage in how they play with their team. Michael was selected out of 1,000 applicants to receive the honor.

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