Thursday, October 14, 2010

Arkansas Teen Scores Touchdown in Wheelchair

From The Blaze

In a story of true sportsmanship, two competing high school football teams in Arkansas came together last Friday night to help one fellow student’s dream come true.

Manila High School trailed top-ranked Rivercrest High 47-0 when Rivercrest forfeited a perfect game to allow Manila senior Dylan Galloway to score, carrying the pig skin over the goal line in his wheelchair. Dylan was born with cerebral palsy and thanks to a pre-arranged moment between opposing coaches, he was able to realize his dream of playing varsity football.

While most of us focus on the scoreboard each game, I found that heartwarming stories like this are more common than we might think.

Earlier this fall, two teams came together in a similar fashion during a match-up in Wisconsin.  An agreement between the coaches of Menomonie and Superior High Schools gave Sam Kolden, a Menomonie senior who struggles with autism, the chance to shine during his team’s 52-14 victory. From the Superior Spartans Facebook page, one fan who sat in the stands that night wrote:

Both teams played hard though over time the score tipped in Menomonie’s favor. Our team has one player who, due to special needs, is only occasionally able to be on the field. On this particular night, after a conversation between head coaches, our special player took to the field in his wide receiver position. Teams lined up, ball was snapped, a gentle pass found its way into his hands, and with great care and energy Superior players lunged in pursuit knowing well the dream they granted was more important than the six points it placed on the Menomonie score board.

Read the rest plus another heart warming story here.

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