This YouTube video of Joey Mullaney’s dunk has gone viral on the Internet. “Joey Dunks,” as captured by his brother Ryan and posted by his twin brother (and fellow LA senior) Sean, has more than 10,000 views on YouTube (as of Monday evening February 25). The Mullaneys’ story has already reached the viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as well as the web pages of AOL, NBC Sports, WCVB Channel 5, and WHDH Channel 7.
All senior days for sports are memorable, but Saturday’s final go around for the varsity basketball squad might have bounced to the top of Lawrence Academy’s most memorable moments when Joey Mullaney joined his brother Sean on the court for the first time at LA.
Joey is usually the boys’ basketball Spartans’ student manager, and is unable to play sports as he fights a nervous system disorder, Friedreich’s ataxia. Sean is a four-year standout athlete in basketball and baseball who will matriculate at Bowdoin next September. But on Saturday, both Mullaneys — sons of Brenda and David of Leominster, Massachusetts — were in red, white and blue when the team played their final regular season home game versus Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School in LA’s Stone Athletic Center.
“We’re going to get Joe into a uniform and get him on the court for his senior day to go along with a senior class that includes seven players and three managers,” said LA Head Coach Kevin Wiercinski, pregame. “Joey has been an active member of our program as a manager and, although he would deny this, an inspiration for addressing his health challenges with a great attitude, sense of humor, determination, and a real case of stubbornness.”
That “case of stubbornness” landed Joey Mullaney on the basketball court in Groton and will take him to Quinnipiac University this September, but it’s also solidified his place in the hearts of everyone at Lawrence Academy who has encountered him on campus during his four years. Congrats to all of Lawrence’s seniors as they round out the winter term’s athletic schedule.