It’s the blue and gold against the ultramarine blue and golden yellow for the 2018 Warrior Games’ sitting volleyball final, a matchup that Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Thomas Jr. has long been waiting for.
“It’s very intense because we don’t know what the Air Force will bring, but we know what the Navy is going to bring,” Thomas Jr. said.
Team Navy brought its game to the volleyball court and beat Team Air Force in the gold medal game, finishing the tournament with a 6-1 record.
It was a proud moment for Thomas Jr. and his family. Back in 2015, Thomas Jr. lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, but the Games and his family helped shine a light and turn his life around.
“I was in a hole and I couldn’t figure out what was going on, and the Games helped me get up and moving,” Thomas Jr. said.
Despite all odds against him, he never gave up. Now he’s a proud father and winner of a gold medal.
“One thing my dad told me is if we cry today, doesn’t mean we can cry tomorrow,” Thomas Jr. said. “We can’t cry the rest of our lives, and we eventually have to move on.”
Thomas Jr.’s father was in the stands, proudly cheering on his son. He said it was a special moment seeing his son living his life to the fullest.
“From seeing him where he came from to now,” Alan Thomas said. “It’s such a blessing seeing him enjoy what he’s doing.”