Matt Thomas

Chris & Cindi’s Son

Chuck’s Grandson

May 23, 2019 - Matt Graduates from Elizabethtown College

Matt graduated this week from Elizabethtown College with a B.S. degree majoring in Secondary Education with a Special Needs focus. He will be continuing his education while working. First of all, he has been a camp counsellor at a special needs camp for several years and is doing that this summer. He is looking for a teaching job for the Fall, where he is qualified to teach high school social studies (e.g., civics, history) and is will also be certified to teach special needs students. He is also qualified to coach sports, especially basketball. Concurrently, he is enrolling at Rowen University to pursue his Masters in Education, Special Needs. Matt will live in NJ at the family residence for the near future while hopefully teaching and studying full-time.

Below: Matt receiving his diploma; and “What a Relief”:
Matt receiving diploma What a Relief

Below: The family (minus Chuck) at Graduation; and Matt with his roomies:
The family Matt with roomies

Below: Cindi and Karen posing; and Karen with Matt’s graduation cap:
Cindi and Karen Karen with Matt's cap

The boys hosted (actually their Moms) a post graduation party at their house. Amazing that the boys could live so sloppily, but then I remember how college boys lived back in my day. We had fun mixing with the other parents and also finding out which graduate was doing what next.

May 7, 2019 - Matt Basketball Photos from Elizabethtown Website

Jayhawks Basketball site. Matt played all four years of his undergraduate program, JV as a Freshman, and Varsity thereafter. He started every year, every game, and played very well. He graduates on May 18 with a BS in Secondary Education, Special Needs, and will continue to pursue his Masters degree.

Matt averaged over 22 minutes per game over his career at ETown, and scored from 6 to 16 points in each game. He rebounded well, made a lot of assists, and was a great defensive player, always guarding the other team’s best bigger player. He led the conference in field goal percentage, which means that while he did not shoot a lot, he made those that he tried.

Below: Matt against Juniata; and another against Juniata:

Below: Matt against Drew; and Matt against Washington:

Below: Matt’s Senior Day Photo (Find Chris and Cindi int he photo, too):

December 1, 2016 - Matt Roster Photo

Below is a photo taken from the Elizabethtown College Basketball page, after selecting Roster and then Matt. There is a page with this photo and his stats. He is a sophomore forward, and at 6’4” and 220 pounds, he is a force. He has been playing an average of 10+ minutes per game, and does well with his defense, rebounding, assists, and such. He has scored a high of nine points, shooting 4 for 5 from the field and 1 for 2 at the line in that game, through the first five games.

Matt’s Roster Photo:

August 24, 2016 - Matt & Kelly Photo

On this beautiful summer evening, our family got together at Carlucci’s Waterfront in Mount Laurel, NJ, for a get-together meal. We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up, and discussing the kids’ plans for the Fall. Matt will be a sophomore at Elizabethtown College, and will continue playing basketball. This year he'll be on the varsity team. He is taking a full load of courses, including Comparative Politics, another math course, and a diverse set of required courses. Kelly will be a junior at Merion Mercy Academy in Bala Cynwyd, PA. She'll continue with her full-on honors coursework, where she maintains straight A’s, and has just started her Field Hockey practice with the school’s team. She also has recently moved up to the Princeton Field Hockey Club 19 and under team (she is 15), up from the 16 and under she has been on.

For a treat, here is their photo from that evening:

Matt and Kelly

April 1, 2016 - Update On Matt At Elizabethtown College

Matt is in the middle of his second semester and is enjoying his selection of college. He is doing well academically, and he was a starter on the Junior Varsity Basketball team as a Freshman. Matt played well and his team was competetive. Karen and I, either together or just me, made it to several home and away games, and we really enjoyed seeing Matt play. He was in most games almost the entire game and was a force in reboounding and blocking shots, as well as scoring in or near double figures every game. And his defense and floor vision were exceptional. We expect that he will be playing varsity next season. He is still working though what he will major in. He has looked at actuarial and accounting (didn’t really like either that much), teaching at the secondary level (enjoys it), and other options yet to be determined. Too early to tell, and he is a Freshman.

Matt in December, 2015:
Matt December 2015

April 20, 2015 - Matt Selects Elizabethtown College

After a long and detailed search for his college of choice, my grandson Matt has chosen Elizabethtown College, located in western Lancaster County, PA, between Harrisburg (PA capital), Lancaster (home of the Amish), and Hershey (famous for you-know-what). On its 200 acre campus it offers 53 major and 90+ minors/concentrations in 19 academic departments. It has just under 2,000 undergraduate students, over 80% of whom live on campus. It has a 12:1 student:faculty ratio, with the average class having just 16 students. It has 132 full-time faculty, 90% of whom hold doctorates. Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” in the Northeast, being first in commitment to teaching, the “best value” in the region. and fourth overall among baccalaureate colleges.

Matt had recruitment interest from a wide variety of schools for his academic and athletic credentials. Matt always preferred small schools, where he would get to know the full student body and receive the individualized attention that such an institution can offer. He talked with and visited a good number of schools, including Arcadia University, Bard College, Brown University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Muhlenberg College, and Washington College. There were others that I cannot recall just now, and the ones I listed are in alphabetical order, not any selection sequence.

Etown sports, whose nickname is “Blue Jays”, is in the Landmark Conference . NCAA Division III Landmark has nine teams, including: Catholic, Scranton, Susquehanna, Drew, Juniata, Merchant Marine, Goucher, and Moravian, and of course, Elizabethtown. Matt has been recruited to play basketball, after a stellar high school career that included being Senior Captain, playing in New Jersey state playoffs after winner their conference, and other honors. Matt is 6 feet 4 inches tall and can play all five positions as needed. He is looking forward to playing college ball, along with all the other experiential aspects of collegiate life. Etown has provided Matt with a very attractive recruitment (aka “financial”) package.

Though Matt is not yet certian of his choice of major he has been leaning toward something like actuary or accounting, or perhaps industrial engineering. Like many entering college, finding his passion and interest will be a learning experience. He is very interested in not just what he likes, but what he can do with it through his lifetime.

Though it goes without saying, I will say it anyhow: Karen and I are extremely proud of Matt and all that he had done and all that he is. He is successful at his endeavors, well-liked by all who come into contact with him, and is a compassionate and giving person. I am very pleased with his choice in school and his academic objectives.

December 25, 2014 - Matt & Kelly Christmas Portrait

Below is a photo taken by Grandkids Matt (age 17) and Kelly (age 14) by their Mom, Cindi and sent as a Christmas card:

Matt & Kelly at Christmas, 2014

Matt is a senior at Holy Cross High School, an “A” student, Captain of the basketball team, Treasurer of the Special Olympics project; and so on. He is at this writing trying to decide on which college to attend. He likes relatively small schools of good academic prowess and with a decent athletic program, hoping to play basketball in college.

See also Kelly for this photo and a description of her current interests.

July 8, 2014 - July 4 Weekend Photo

Below is a photo taken at our family grill-out on July 4 weekend at “GrandPa’s” house. Check out Matt:

GrandPa and Matt - 2014

June 11, 2014 - Update on Matt's Basketball

Matt completed his Junior year at Holy Cross High School, and played very well. His team won its league and went to the Championships.

Matt’s recruiting information is on the NCAA Sports recruiting site. It includes a highlight film. A number of colleges have initiated contact with him, and he is going to attend a few invitational basketball camps this summer at some of the schools. He is also very active in the AAU leagues, and the Jaquars AAU travelling squad.

February, 2013 - Matt Playing hoops for Holy Cross High School

Matt, a 6’4" Sophomore during the 2012-13 school year, is playing JV and Varsity Basketball for Holy Cross High School. He also is goalee of the soccer team, and “A” student, and a very likeable person. Below are some photos from a recent game:

Matt Leading a Fast Break at Holy Cross Varsity Game Matt Driving to to the Basket
Matt Grabbing a Rebound Matt Laying Up

December, 2009 - Matt at Our House for Christmas

(See the section about Christmas in the Chris & Cindi section of Family)

Matt, Christmas 2009

June, 2009 - Matt is Inducted into the National Junior Honors Society

Matt won further honors this school year by being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence, leadership, service, and other attributes. He is one of 15 students in his large middle school, grades 6 - 8, to receive this recognition.

Matt has also been very active in athletics this year, playing on school, AAU, and 76er leagues in basketball, and on the baseball team as well. He is very good at both, and he also has played football and other sports.

June 11, 2009 - Matt and Kelly
Matt & Kelly

June 11, 2009 - Matt Being Inducted into the Nat'l Jr. Honor Society
Matt Getting Inducted

June 11, 2009 - Grandpa Wanted Just One More Photo
Matt Forcing a Smile

Spring, 2009 - Matt Playing Hoops

Matt at the Foul Line
Matt at Foul Line

Spring, 2009 - Matt Playing Hoops

Matt on Defense
Matt on Defense

Spring, 2009 - Matt Playing Hoops

Matt Watching a Launched Three Pointer
Matt Watching Launched Three

June, 2008 - Matt Graduates to Middle School! Honors Galore!

At his school's awards ceremony, here are is what Matt was honored with:

Matt also got three distinguised awards (only one student gets these awards):

Matt is very involved in athletics, as well. He played football in the Fall (see below pics), basketball int he winter, soccer in the Spring, and now is playing basketball in the summer. The school coach asked him to play AAU basketball, and he is also attending the76ers Basketball Camp, and took private lessons from The Shootist.

Matt was born to Chris and Cindi on March 20, 1997. He is finishing up third grade and does great in school. For one thing, he has 100% on every spelling test all year long. In a prior year, he won a reading trophy for reading the most books and collecting for Muscular Dystrophy as pledges per book. Matt does very well in all his classes and he also has made a lot of school friends. He is a student and an athelete. He plays football in the fall, basketball in the winter, soccer in the spring, and baseball in the summer. He is tall, wiry, and athletic.

Matt is a great kid to be around; he shares, plays well, is energetic, smart, and very polite. When he was little, he used to love to play "peeps" (the little plastic character replicas from movies) with Grandpa (me), and Grandpa loved it, too. He likes to play sports, and he likes to borrow books from the library and read them. What a cool kid. And he is growing up soooo fast. I'm very proud of him.

Matt in November Pop Warner Football Championship

Matt and his GrandPa after the game. Matt plays offense and defense and plays most of the games, except special teams plays. His team is great, finishing the regular season undefeated, and has been touring, playing as far away as Baltimore.

Matt and Grandpa at Matt's Football Game

Matt's 2006 School (3rd Grade) Photo

Matt's 2006 School Photo

Matt is playing the French Horn

Matt playing his horn

Matt has his 9th Birthday!

We all went to Matt's house to celebrate his 9th birthday with a big family brunch. Matt got a cool new bike that looks like a Harley Hog, with a big fat rear tire, low rider profile, and extended front wheel.

Matt holding his 2006 school picture Matt opening his lacrosse sticks Matt and Kelly on Matt's new bike Matt blowing out the candles on his cake

Matt has his 8th Birthday!

On March 20 we all went to Matt's house to celebrate his 8th birthday. He is really getting tall (and the girls tell me he's handsome, too). Anyhow, we all had a great time.

Matt at his 8th Birthday Party Karen with Kelly eating a doughnut

Matt Reading at his 7th Birthday, March 21, 2004
Matt Reading

Matt and Kelly at 7th Birthday, Looking at Candles on Cake
Matt and Kelly at Matt's 7th Birthday

Matt Exercising, Spring 2003
Matt Exercising

Matt with his Grandpa, Spring 2002
Grandpa and Matt

Matt with Kelly, Spring 2002
Matt with Kelly at Grandpa & Karen's

Matt on Horse at Kelly's Birthday, 2001
Matt on Horse,  2001

Return to Family

Return to Home Page