Missouri water polo player injured on a trip shock classmates at graduation

SOUTH ST. COUNTY, Missouri. – Lindbergh High School water polo Captain Brad Bauer defied the odds and shocked his classmates by walking across the Chaefetz Arena stage to receive his high school diploma Tuesday night. Bauer had severe spinal injuries during a spring break trip when he dived in to the water without realizing a sandbank of the load.

“As a team We thought, oh no, this is the end,” said team-mate Casey Natsch. “But we rallied around him.”

Bauer came for the graduation in a wheelchair and received a standing ovation when he stood for his degree. His teammates were not surprised that the captain his way across the stage.

“If he wants to do it, he’s going to do,” said teammate Ethan Schnieder.

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The entire Lindbergh community has rallied behind Bauer. They sold t-shirts and wristbands to help with medical costs. Even some of the school’s rivals bought and wore items.

Bauer’s coach, he gave the captain a big hug on Tuesday and said that this season was more a lesson in life than water polo.

“I always tell them life is 10% what happens to you and 90% about how you deal with it,” said Coach Andy Butler. “And that is what a lot of this year was for us.”

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