WEST ORANGE, NJ - Pleasantdale fifth grader Elliot Cadeau has a lot to be proud about. As part of the West Orange-based Hilltopper Heat organization, the nine-year-old starting guard has been part of the 2014 AAU NJ State Third Grade Division title in April and helped his team win the Division 1 National Title in the 2014 USBA National Tournament in Myrtle Beach in July.
"To win in South Carolina took a lot of hard work and dedication but we came through and did it," said Elliot. "Basketball is great because all you need is a ball, and many parks have basketball courts."
As a player on the 2013-14 Third Grade Elite team, Cadeau has an average of 8 steals, 9 assists and 6 rebounds per game and is considered a key player. In addition to the championships, he holds several MVP titles.
With plans to continue with the Hilltopper Heat, Cadeau is making the move as a winning quarterback for Rec Flag Football to the West Orange Pal Mustangs in August. Under Rec Flag Football Coach Jojo Santino, Elliot lead his team to Super Bowl victories three years in a row.
In addition to training hard in sports, Elliot is also a straight A student whose favorite subject is math. He has been part of the HAP (High Aptitude Placement) program in West Orange since third grade and is looking forward to his fifth grade year at Pleasantdale.