One of those memorable people is Nick Newell, a skinny little boy who was in my son’s class in grammar school.
Nick was a member of my cub scout pack and den. He and my son both went to the same Karate school.
The one thing that was different about Nick was his left arm. Nick was born with a partial arm that ended just below the elbow with what would have been fingers at the end of the stub.
But don’t call him disabled.
Nick was never coddled or pitied. His mom, Stacey, a single parent, was a rock, quite possibly the strongest woman I’ve ever known.
Stacey’s approach to parenting was to give her son all the love she could and to instill in him confidence and sense of self and to never give up. She and her parents were instrumental in making him the man he is today.
As a Cub Master I would suggest altering some of the activities he needed to earn badges, but she refused, stating that he would find a way … and he always did.
Nick was a wrestler in high school and college and went on to become the “Notorious” Nick Newell a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. Four years ago he was signed to the Xtreme Fighting Championships, and in 2013 he was signed to the World Series of Fighting.
I haven’t seen Nick or Stacey in more than 20 years, but I am so proud of them for their accomplishments.
Nick will be at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road this afternoon, Sunday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. for a meet and greet party. Fans may pick up tickets to his April 10th fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino for MMA World Series of Fighting.
Tickets are $40, $80, $100 & $180 gets you cage side.
He also will have shirts & hats for sale.
The Orange Ale House is taking reservations for a coach bus to go see Nick fight at Foxwoods. Bus fare, Driver Gratuity, a $15 gaming Voucher and a Buffet voucher is included. ALL for just $25. First paid first served. Full buses only.