Former Columbus North star and current Vermont basketball player Josh Speidel will be honored with a Brady Comeback Award on Thursday as part of the 12th annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner.
Speidel, the Bull Dogs’ all-time leading scorer, sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident Feb. 1 2015, near the end of his senior basketball season. He had to learn to walk and talk again.
After a year of rehab in Columbus, Speidel left for Vermont to begin college last summer. He worked out with coaches and trainers and traveled with the Catamounts this season, when they won 21 games in a row and made the NCAA Tournament.
Speidel is one of four student-athletes from Indiana who will be presented with a Brady Comeback Award, which carries a $1,000 scholarship. The other recipients are Franklin three-sport athlete Blake Dicken, Perry Meridian cross-country runner Caroline Kavanaugh and Taylor University volleyball player Kayla Springer.
Former Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings, who is receiving the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award, will be the keynote speaker for Thursday’s event, which will be at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. The event includes an opening reception, silent auction and dinner.