The Fort Scott Community College Men's basketball will be hosting the Annual Pechone Stepps High School All-Star Game on 4/23/2017 at Arnold Arena. This event will feature some of the best talent from the Southeast Kansas area and some future Greyhounds.
The event is named for Pechone Stepps, who is a para-educator and Head Coach of the Fort Scott Girls basketball team at Fort Scott High School. Stepps became paralyzed when a drunk driver struck him in 2002. Prior to the accident, Stepps was an accomplished athlete and was doing what he loved -- coaching women's basketball at St. John's University in New York City.
After the accident Pechone spent four months at Craig Spinal Cord Rehab Center in Denver, Colo. However, doctors weren't very optimistic about his recovery. When one suffers trauma to the spinal cord, there are varying degrees of loss of mobility and body function. Pechone has found that having a spinal cord injury (SCI) is almost like becoming a baby all over again. Over the course of his rehab, Pechone has had to re-train his body on how to perform basic tasks like sitting up, crawling, and rolling over. There are no guarantees with SCI's; plus, every case is different.
On June 12, 2007, which was 1,845 days later, Pechone took his first real unassisted steps with the aid of a walker and is now using forearm crutches on a limited basis. Using forearm crutches is the next step in being able to walk again. Pechone is not only coaching and teaching at Fort Scott High School, he also speaks to teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving and is always trying to instill in his team and students the message that each person "must live life to the fullest and enjoy each and every day."
'It was truly a great honor being able to attach Pechone Stepps to the All Star game being held at Fort Scott. Pechone is not only a courageous individual, but Pechone exemplifies what every young person should strive to be. Pechone is also a great leader and mentor to people of all ages and is always teaching everyone to live their life to the fullest. I am very proud not only to have this All Star game named after Pechone Stepps but also proud to have Pechone as a close friend of mine," stated Coach Cook.