Carl Hall’s goggles on a mission

C.J. Polczynski

C.J. Polczynski, 10, is a Pittsburgh Panthers fan and a basketball player who wears glasses. His vision affected his jumper, until he watched Wichita State’s NCAA Tournament win over Pitt in March.

He noticed WSU’s Carl Hall, who wears goggles (although somewhat reluctantly, as this Bob Lutz column detailed in November). C.J., according to his father, refused to wear contacts or other types of prescription eye-wear designed for athletics. Hall’s goggles, however, looked sharp.

“We were watching the Shockers kick Pitt’s butt in the NCAA tournament (yes we’re a Pitt household, job well done WSU) and my son saw Carl’s glasses.  He said “Dad, if I could get glasses like that, I’d wear them to basketball,” Mike Polczynski wrote in an e-mail. “If our son could see the rim, it might prevent a couple air balls!”

Mike got in touch with WSU trainer Todd Fagan. Hall wears the  Illusion IT-10A made by Liberty Sports.

Last week, C.J. got his goggles. The early returns are good. He scored nine of his team’s 30 points in one game and made two three-pointers in a second.

“Please let Carl know that he has a new fan!” Mike wrote. “We’re very happy with them so far!”