And now for a heartwarming way to end your week… watch this video of a high school football team helping Evan Reeder, a teammate with Aspergers, score a touchdown.
Reeder is on his Illinois football team, but fears getting hurt, his mom explains in a letter to the town newspaper. Evan typically sits on the team bench rather than play, but that all changed in one amazing moment.
During this game, the coach worked with the coach of the other team to allow one more touchdown during the fourth quarter, letting Evan make a touchdown without any hands laid on him by the other team so he wouldn’t get hurt.
You have to read his mom’s letter of gratitude to both Evan’s coach and the opposing team’s coach. The players didn’t tackle him, yet pretended to run at him. Plus, his teammates ran with him all the way down the field.
Evan’s mom writes: “I truly don’t think I have ever seen such a display of kindness and support to a stranger in a sport activity. This entire display of unselfishness brought tears to my eyes. If only I could thank each and everyone one of your coaches and players I would.”
She adds, “One of the main supporters I would also like to thank would be all of you parents. You obviously have done an excellent job teaching and raising your children that everyone deserves a chance to feel good even if they are different or have special needs.”
“I will forever be indebted to your team, players, coaches, parents, and supporters for making September 11th a special day for my son to always remember,” Evan’s mom writes.
What a proud moment for everyone involved!