Palmyra teen to honor father at White House

PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) – When you see 14-year-old Quinton Leonard IV dribbling two basketballs at once, you get a glimpse of his athleticism.

Basketball runs in the veins of the Palmyra teenager. His father played at North Carolina State University when the team won the NCAA national championship in 1983.

“I think it’s pretty cool my dad was a part of that,” Leonard said while talking about his father’s accomplishments.

Despite winning the NCAA championship, the team never received the traditional invitation to the White House. But three decades later, the team will visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and President Barrack Obama on Monday.

Leonard’s father passed away when he was only 3 years old, so the teen known as “Q” will take his father’s place.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Leonard said. “I think I’m going to get nervous when I go there.”

Brian Barry, coach of the Palmyra Boys JV basketball team, believes Leonard would make his father proud.

“There’s nobody more deserving,” Barry said. “He’s a great student, he works hard. If he gets to shake President Obama’s hand, I think that would be great for him.”

While the trip will be special, Leonard said he’s also looking to hearing about his father from former teammates.

“They always tell really good stories,” he said.

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