For the past four years, Old Forge’s Kiel Eigen has watched his teammates run for touchdowns, bury three-pointers, make tackles and win many, many games and championships on the gridirons and hardwoods.
On Tuesday night, Eigen out did them all in taking his first steps in public for the first time since he broke the C5 vertebrae in his neck as an eighth grader playing football.
For his efforts, Kiel has been named The Sunday Dispatch Old Forge Athlete of the Week for the week Feb. 14-20.
Eigen had a sold-out, standing room only crowd on its feet as he walked to halfcourt where he met his parents for Senior Parents Night festivities in The Devils Den.
Posters of Eigen can been seen at Revello’s Pizza in Old Forge, and Smart Designs and Graphics in Wyoming, sponsors of the Old Forge Athlete of the Week.