Case in point. Ike Ditzenberger is a 17-year old high-school junior who loves football. Playing for his high school team like his older brothers before him. And despite his physical limitations, he practices with the junior varsity and varsity squads every day and he always finds a way to score. His coach has drawn up a play that guarantees it. Every time.
Did I mention that Ike has Down Syndrome?
For the last play of each practice, Ike gets to score a touchdown with the varsity team. As long as he keeps his pads on and his mouthpiece in, his coach will call his number for his very own offensive play. The Ike Special.
And this past week, with a little help from the defense on the opposing team, Ike scored a last second touchdown on a 51-yard ramble to the end zone. The other team was up 35-0 with 10 seconds left when Ike's play and number was called, so yeah...they let the guy have his moment. And it was Ike's very first career varsity score. A very big moment for him. I say hurrah for the kids and coaches of that other team. It showed a lot of sportsmanship.
Some critics believe that there is no place in sports for this kind of thing. That no one should ever "allow" a play like this to happen. I disagree. It think it was wonderful.
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