NO. R-177. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Ryan M. Caldbeck and Justin H. Caldbeck for their outstanding accomplishments as members of the Duke University Blue Devilsí basketball team.
Offered by: Representatives Atkins of Winooski, Amidon of Charlotte, Little of Shelburne and Schiavone of Shelburne.
Whereas, Justin H. Caldbeck and Ryan M. Caldbeck of Shelburne have demonstrated through their tenacity and determination that hard work can truly reap success, and
Whereas, they first played competitive basketball at Shelburne Middle School, and then matriculated to Rice Memorial High School where they were members of the schoolís outstanding Division I interscholastic basketball team, and
Whereas, Ryan followed his brother Justinís footsteps and entered Duke University where, similar to his older sibling, he became a student manager for the universityís renowned Blue Devilsí basketball team, and
Whereas, he continued the precedent that his brother set, and practiced with team members for countless hours in hopes of becoming a member of the team, and
Whereas, Ryan Caldbeckís campaign resulted in victory as he was "drafted" to join the Blue Devils for his sophomore year as a full team member, joining his brother Justin who had been similarly triumphant in his drive to wear a Blue Devils uniform, and
Whereas, during the 1998-1999 season, Justin and Ryan Caldbeck became the first fraternal duo on the Duke basketball team in half a century, and
Whereas, during each of the last three seasons, the Duke Blue Devils concluded the regular season with a number one national ranking, and subsequently captured the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, and
Whereas, on April 2, 2001, the Duke Blue Devils became the NCAA Division I menís basketball champions, making Ryan the first Vermonter ever to be an NCAA Division I championship team member, and
Whereas, the National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced that Ryan Caldbeck is one of two players from the 2000-2001 Duke University team to be selected for the associationís academic honor roll, and
Whereas, while concentrating on their courtside activities, Ryan graduated cum laude and Justin graduated with honors, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly is honored to congratulate Ryan M. Caldbeck as the first Vermonter to play on an NCAA Division I championship menís basketball team, and be it further
Resolved: That this legislature recognizes the outstanding path that
Justin H. Caldbeck blazed for his brother to follow, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to Justin and Ryan Caldbeck and to their parents, Gareth and Diane Caldbeck in Shelburne and to Duke University Head Basketball Coach Michael Kryzewski.