Sometimes children with disabilities are tormented and picked upon by others because they do not understand. But in this case, my son was treated extra special.
My own son has a couple disabilities that prevent him from participating in organized sporting events. So when he entered Southview High School, he wanted to stay active in after school activities. He was introduced to the School's Athletic Trainer and was immediately accepted as one of the Equipment Managers (Water Boy's). Bryan was willing and eager to accept the responsibilities associated with the task. From that point on helping with the 9th grade, JV and Varsity Football teams, his name was no longer Bryan but "B". Bryan stood all of about 5 foot tall and weighed almost 100 pounds. He attended every practice, every game and became personal friends of everyone he had contact with. He looked forward to helping out any way that he could. He did this his entire time at High School. In his Senior year, his Varsity football team, was extremely talented and had an undefeated season. Entering into the State Championships, they ran the table and became the 2009 State of Ohio, Division 1 State Champs.
It was quite an honor in our little community. On one occasion, there was a parade celebrating the Championship. All the boys were riding on floats going down Main Street. On the lead float, one of the guys who happened to be the teams quarterback saw my son cheering from the sidewalk. He jumped off the float, grabbed my son, looked at us and said "He is part of this team". Took him to the float and he joined the team in celebration.
A few days later, the entire team got together in uniform for one final picture. Bryan was in that picture which today is in the main hallway of the school.
Bryan graduated from Southview High School in 2009. Here it is 2013. Bryan is still helping out the Athletic Trainer in any way that he can. He has grown up quite a bit. He is now 23 years of age, stands 6'3" tall and weighs a whopping 114 pounds. He takes his position seriously and everyone appreciates the job that he does. He is treated as one of the guys.