Henry “Hank” Basala -Stevens Point Pacelli HS
All Pro Lineman Camp Award
Hank is involved in NHS, Leadership Team, Portage County Teen Leadership, Service Club, Prom Committee, Badger Boys State, Martin Machining Internship, Football & Basketball
Administrator: Hank is a team player, always willing to help out in the classroom or teammates in any way possible. He is also very humble and wants what is best for everyone involved.
Coach: Hank has overcome a lot from a personal standpoint. He was selected Captain, and gave the team everything he had. Being Hank’s coach for the past 4 years has been truly remarkable, from where he came as a freshman, and watching him fight day after day through adversity and grow into the man he is today. Hank is the true epitome of our team motto,” Family”. He always put everyone else first while trying to make himself a better player and person as well.
Hank: When I started football I had no idea where things would go? Would I play, fit in, have fun, and help the team win? Little did I know I was going to make memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Football would not only give me another family and create lifelong bonds, it would also teach me life lessons that helped shape me into the young man I have become.
Football also taught me that sometimes life is not fair. Not everything will go your way. During my sophomore year I was diagnosed with a difficult medical issue. I did not know if I was going to be able to go to college or even graduate from high school. I got out of shape. I knew things needed to change but I needed help. The support came from my family, friends, girlfriend, but most of the support came from my football teammates and coaches. They motivated me to get into the weight room and keep up my studies. I am now in the best shape of my life. It is safe to say that without football I don’t know where I would be today. Football truly changed my life and will continue to have a major impact. Football has motivated me to do better, be a better person, and change the world. I thought football was just going to be a game but it ended up being a life changing road to brotherhood.
His coach mentioned that Hank was originally an OL/DL but in the process of his commitment to working out lost nearly 80 lbs and became a FB/LB. For his last game as a senior Hank went back to the OL/DL because of a teammate's code violation, it was Hank’s idea.
Hank plans to attend Michigan Tech and study Engineering