A compassionate football team makes 7-year-old with cerebral palsy team captain for the day
A football team in Illinois made a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy an honorary captain for a day and even gave him the chance to score a touchdown, the boy’s mother, Brittany Jenkins, told news outlets.
The Grant Jr. Bulldogs youth football team, made Bryson Jenkins, who has cerebral palsy, the honorary captain earlier this month and now he is officially considered part of the team, Bryson’s mother said.
“The team said, ‘Bryson is now permanently on our roster,’” Jenkins told Fox News.
She said when her son was born he suffered a stroke that left him with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Jenkins said the left side of his body was affected by the stroke and he is nonverbal.
Thank you to everyone that came out to support our Bulldogs, including our honorary captain Bryson Jenkins. Bryson helped lead the Grant Jr. Bulldogs to victory last weekend & joined us for the pregame coin toss against North Chicago. pic.twitter.com/MX28EBHHxN
— Grant Community High School (@GrantBulldogs) October 12, 2019
“He just started walking last year with assistance,” she said.
She added, “Instead of being in sports like most little boys, he has spent three to five days a week in therapies and doctor appointments since he was two days old.”
“But no matter what, his life has been very hard, but he has been so determined to do what other kids do.”
Jenkins said even though her son is nonverbal, she can tell he loves football.
“Since he was a baby he would always sit and watch football with my husband and as he got older someone gave him a football as a present and he carries it around the house with him,” she said. “When he sees that football he gets very excited,” she added.
On October 5, Bryson wore a custom-made jersey and joined the young football team as their honorary captain. He got to go through the banner with the team as they entered the field. The team then started chanting his name. He also got to do the coin toss and was able to watch the game with his family from the sidelines.
“When we got to the field, the team of boys came over and said ‘Hi’ to Bryson, gave him high-fives, and they were so warm and welcoming to Bryson even though they had not met him before,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said the team gave Bryson a football to hold for part of the game. She said with 46 seconds remaining on the clock the team called his number, 85, to the field, and with the help of his father Michael, Bryson scored a touchdown. The crowd went wild and his mother was overwhelmed with emotion.
“It brought me to tears more than one time that day,” Jenkins said.
“First of all, I never imagined he would ever be on a football field, but also because it’s not very often that people are so accepting of him.”
Jenkins said, “Bryson is nonverbal and we have to tell how he feels by his actions, and he had a huge smile. He made these excited little screams and he just kept reaching his hands out. He kept touching the boys on the arm and the shoulder, it looked like he was thanking them for, just being so nice. You could tell he felt accepted, he felt included.”
It was a Majical day this boy and his family will never forget.
Source Fox News