Wright State celebrated league championship with teammate with spinal cord injury

By: Alysha Tsuji | March 6, 2018 10:29 pm Follow @alyshatsuji - For The Win

The Wright State Raiders beat the Cleveland State Vikings to win the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday night. They’ll be heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.

After the huge win, the players circled around and celebrated with their teammate Ryan Custer. Custer suffered a spinal cord injury during an off-campus party last summer and now has partial paralysis.

What a moment.

Custer has inspired many with his positive attitude, and from the Raiders’ post-game celebration, it’s clear he’s still a crucial part of the team, even if he can’t be on the floor during the game. A former Wright State player told WCPO-TV of Custer:

“In terms of perseverance and in terms of toughness we’d be here until midnight if I went on down the list,” former Wright State guard Mike LaTulip said. “I knew he was a tough kid. I knew he was the type of kid who would persevere through stuff. Seeing how he has dealt with this right from the beginning — it has inspired me and a lot of people. When you have a friend and a teammate like that you know he’d support you the same way. He would do the exact same thing for me.”

RAIDERS ARE YOUR 2018 HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! #1Team1Mission #ThatsWright pic.twitter.com/7zsoI4VYBG

— WrightStateMBB (@WSU_MBB) March 7, 2018

Alysha Tsuji is a writer at FTW. She’s based in Los Angeles and enjoys writing about all sorts of sports.

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By: Alysha Tsuji | March 6, 2018 10:29 pm Follow @alyshatsuji

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